|Institution:||The Ohio State University|
|Keywords:||Communication; Selective Perception, Media Effects, Social Cognitive Theory, Torture|
|Full text PDF:||http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1428513408|
A three-factor between subjects experiment was conducted to assess the impact of effective and ineffective torture modeled on television on subsequent attitudes and beliefs. Participants viewed one of three video clips depicting torture leading to important, time-sensitive information, torture that failed to acquire said information, or a control condition of equal dramatic intensity, but without torture. Findings demonstrated efficacy to be a strong predictor of attitudes towards torture, however; processing of modeled torture was biased by previous beliefs. Specifically, participants with less supportive attitudes and weaker efficacy beliefs were more influenced by effectively modeled torture.