Behaviors and Attitudes

When Do Attitudes Predict Behavior?

Minimizing social influences on expressed attitudes
Minimizing other influences on behavior
Examining attitudes specific to the behavior
Making attitudes potent

Does Behavior Determine Attitudes?

Role playing
Saying becomes believing
The foot-in-the-door phenomenon
Evil acts and attitudes
Interracial behavior and attitudes
Social movements
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matthew 6:21 

Why Do Actions Affect Attitudes?

Self-Presentation Theory
Cognitive dissonance theory
Insufficient justification
"One of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is none to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself." C. S. Lewis
Dissonance after decisions

Why Do Actions Affect Attitudes?

Self-perception theory
Overjustification and intrinsic motivations
Comparing the theories
Dissonance as arousal
Self-perceiving when not self-contradicting