Ageneral trend toward cognitive or information-processing explanations of social behavior has brought a concomitant decline in the importance accorded to needs and automatic conditioning processes. Instead, stress is now placed on the role of information as a basis of attitude formation. According to this view, beliefs—representing people's subjective knowledge about themselves and their world—are the primary determinants of attitudes. Each belief links the attitude object to a positively or negatively valued attribute; thus smoking (the object) causes lung cancer (the attribute). Generally speaking, the greater the number of be liefs that associate the object with positive attributes, and the smaller the number of beliefs that associate it with negative attributes, the more favorable is the resultant attitude toward the object.
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