Disarming the hostile media: an intervention to reduce perceptions of media bias by reducing naïve realism

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dc.contributor Tullett, Alexa M.
dc.contributor Barth, Joan M.
dc.contributor Salekin, Karen L.
dc.contributor Austin, Gregory P.
dc.contributor.advisor Hart, William P.
dc.contributor.author Shreves, Wyley Burnett
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:38:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:38:30Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002162
dc.identifier.other Shreves_alatus_0004D_12506
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2533
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract When viewers see coverage of an issue on which they are strongly partisan, they tend to perceive even unbiased news coverage as biased against their own position. This “hostile media effect” has important implications for how citizens gather and respond to information. Psychologists studying the hostile media effect have presumed that it is, in part, driven by “naïve realism”, or the layman’s belief that “I see things as they are.” This dissertation is the first study to empirically establish this link by demonstrating that high partisans show a reduction in their perception that objectively neutral news coverage is biased against their position (i.e., they are more accurate in their perception) when their naïve realism has been challenged using a previously validated intervention, which incorporates an experiential component along with information about unconscious processes affecting perception. Furthermore, results indicate that high partisans are less defensive and more even-handed in their perception following this intervention and not actively trying to appear more unbiased.
dc.format.extent 49 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.haspart Supplementary materials include approval for proposed research.
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
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dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Disarming the hostile media: an intervention to reduce perceptions of media bias by reducing naïve realism
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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