From Selective Exposure to Selective Information Processing: A Motivated Reasoning Approach



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Literature suggests that while without doubt people engage in selective exposure to information, this does not entail that they also engage in selective avoidance of opinion-challenging information. However, cross-cutting exposure does not always lead to dispassionate deliberation. In this commentary I explore psychological conditions as they apply to attitude-based selection and make an argument that selectivity does not stop at exposure but continues as audiences engage with information they encounter and incorporate in their decision-making. I propose the theory of motivated reasoning as a rich theoretical underpinning that helps us understand selective exposure and selective information processing.



audience, information, information processing, Motivated reasoning, selective exposure, Audience, Information, Information processing, Motivated reasoning, Selective exposure


Copyright 2019 by the author; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY). Recommended citation: Camaj, Lindita. “From Selective Exposure to Selective Information Processing: A Motivated Reasoning Approach.” Media and Communication 7, (2019): 8-11. DOI: 10.17645/mac.v7i3.2289. Reproduced in accordance with the original publisher’s licensing terms and with permission from the author(s).