What is it about?

People who believe in the status quo (I.e., things are alright, or at least we're on the right track) don't want to hear bona-fide testimonies from people who are suffering under the status quo. "Results demonstrated that participants with above-average justice beliefs reported less dialogue receptivity toward the speaker with system-threatening, compared to neutral, testimony. We interpret these findings to indicate that system justification does indeed play a significant role in people’s attitudes toward communication."

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Why is it important?

Although this study's results seem like "common sense", this is the first study to document this. We hope it's the beginning of a new line of inquiry in communication studies- the study of dialogue resistance.

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I've never had such clean results! As figure 1 illustrates, the findings were perfectly in accord with our predictions. This is a rare experience!

Professor Aaron Cargile
California State University Long Beach

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This page is a summary of: System justification in communication: a study of imagined dialogue receptivity, Communication Research Reports, February 2021, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/08824096.2021.1891039.
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