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The differential effects of hope and fear on information processing in intractable conflict

Cohen, S, Halperin, E, Porat, R and Bar-Tal, D (2014) The differential effects of hope and fear on information processing in intractable conflict Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2 (1). pp. 11-30.

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Abstract

Emotional barriers have been found to play a critical role in forming attitudes and behaviors in conflict and peace-making. A major effect of such affective barriers is cognitive freezing, which reduces openness to new information and opportunities to conflict resolution. In the current research, we examined the hypothesis that hope and fear have opposite effects on information processing in such contexts. A time-lagged correlational study with 222 Israeli-Jews was conducted using a new computerized information processing simulator. Results revealed that when faced with an opportunity for peace, long-term hope was associated with acquiring information in favor of accepting the opportunity, whereas fear was associated with acquiring information that was biased towards rejecting the opportunity. Results also showed that both emotions were not associated with the amount of information gathered by participants. Findings have both theoretical and practical implications regarding the differential roles of hope and fear in identifying opportunities for, and promoting, conflict resolution.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Cohen, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Halperin, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Porat, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bar-Tal, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 5 February 2014
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.5964/jspp.v2i1.230
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2014 The Authors. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Intractable conflict, Emotions, Hope, Fear, Information processing
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2016 16:17
Last Modified : 07 Nov 2016 16:17
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812777

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