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Kevin Blankenship

Kevin Blankenship

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My research focuses on three primary areas in attitudes and social cognition: (1) the role one's values play in the formation and strength-related consequences of one's attitudes; (2) the possible contributions of attitude theory in judgment and decision-making, particularly in understanding numerical anchoring effects; (3) and the effects of characteristics of persuasive messages on attitude structure and change.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Blankenship, K. L., Wegener, D. T., Petty, R. E., & Detweiler-Bedell, B. T. (in press). Elaboration and consequences of anchored estimates: An attitudinal perspective on numerical anchoring. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Blankenship, K. L., & Wegener, D. T. (2008). Opening the mind before it closes: Considering a message in light of important values increases message processing and later resistance to change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 196-213.
  • Blankenship, K. L., & Craig, T. Y. (2007). Language and persuasion: Tag questions as powerless speech or as interpreted in context. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 112-118.

Kevin Blankenship
Department of Psychology
W112 Lagomarcino Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
United States

  • Phone: (515) 294-1742
  • Fax: (515) 294-6424

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