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Not all motivated rejection of science is unconscious: Reply to Tryon (2018).
Am Psychol. 2018 Jul-Aug; 73(5):687-688.AP

Abstract

Tryon (2018) states that our proposed attitude roots are "effectively and functionally unconscious" (p. 685) and proposes connectionist neural network models as a mechanism for explaining these unconscious processes. In our response, we disagree with the presumption that our attitude roots necessarily operate at an unconscious level. Although some attitude roots may exert their influence through an unconscious process, others exert their influence as a result of explicit and mindful reasoning, and others still operate at a "preconscious" level: outside conscious awareness but accessible if required. Finally, we clarify that we did not claim in our article to have developed a theory or a metatheory. Rather, we drew on numerous established theories to make the case for the role of attitude roots and did so using a transtheoretical language that we hope can be useful in terms of integrating insights and developing concrete persuasion strategies. (PsycINFO Database Record

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School of Psychology, University of Queensland.School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland.

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Journal Article
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Language

eng

PubMed ID

29999355

Citation

Hornsey, Matthew J., and Kelly S. Fielding. "Not All Motivated Rejection of Science Is Unconscious: Reply to Tryon (2018)." The American Psychologist, vol. 73, no. 5, 2018, pp. 687-688.
Hornsey MJ, Fielding KS. Not all motivated rejection of science is unconscious: Reply to Tryon (2018). Am Psychol. 2018;73(5):687-688.
Hornsey, M. J., & Fielding, K. S. (2018). Not all motivated rejection of science is unconscious: Reply to Tryon (2018). The American Psychologist, 73(5), 687-688. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000335
Hornsey MJ, Fielding KS. Not All Motivated Rejection of Science Is Unconscious: Reply to Tryon (2018). Am Psychol. 2018;73(5):687-688. PubMed PMID: 29999355.
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