Skip to main content
Other
Balanced evidence processing: Evidence-based and affect-based subjects process scientific texts differently
Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants
  • Michael Wolfe, Grand Valley State University
  • Shawna Taylor
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Gabrielle Austin
Department
Psychology
College
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Date Range
2010-2011
Abstract

We examine comprehension of scientific information as a function of subjects' beliefs and why they hold them (evidence-based vs. affect-based.) In Experiment 1, subjects read texts one sentence at a time that were consistent or inconsistent with beliefs. Evidence-based (but not affect-based) subjects slowed down for specific sentences that were inconsistent with the main position of the text. In Experiment 2, subjects read a one-sided and a neutral text, then wrote a summary of the neutral text. Evidence-based subjects wrote more neutral summaries. Both experiments suggest evidence-based subjects engage in what we refer to as balanced evidence processing.

Conference Name

Conference of the Society for Text and Discourse

Conference Location

Chicago, IL

Citation Information
Michael Wolfe, Shawna Taylor, Andrew Taylor and Gabrielle Austin. "Balanced evidence processing: Evidence-based and affect-based subjects process scientific texts differently" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_b_wolfe/4/