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Framing in Noisy Informational Environments


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Principal Investigator(s):

Jason Coronel
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Email: jcorone2@illinois.edu
Home page: http://beckman.illinois.edu/directory/person/jcorone2

Sample size: 2000
Field period: 10/13/2011-08/07/2012

 

Hypotheses:

Central hypothesis: the inclusion of stories unrelated to the framing treatment will reduce if not eliminate the framing effect, unless the framing treatment comes first or last.

Experimental Manipulations:

Treatment frame embedded in either a "noisy" (condition contains other semantically unrelated news stories) or non-noisy (treatment frame by itself) condition.

Within the noisy condition, treatment frame presented in the first, middle, or last position.

Key Dependent Variables:

Two outcome measures:

(1) level of support/opposition for the Patriot Act (issue of interest)

(2) level of certainty in one's support/opposition for the Patriot Act

Summary of Findings:

There were no differences in the outcome measures between the control frame and the treatment frame in the non-noisy condition.

There were no differences in the outcome measures between the treatment frame and the control frame in the noisy condition.

 


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