Hazing Creates Cognitive Dissonance

on Saturday, February 12, 2011

Female participants, who were joining a discussion group about the psychology of sex, were either accepted into the group (control condition), had to go through a mild initiation, which involved reading aloud sex-related words, or had to go through a severe initiation by reading aloud explicit sex words (Aronson 1959). Those who went through the hazing rated both the discussion and the group members much higher than both the control and mild initiation groups. Read more