Factors influencing information distortion in online deliberations: the effects of informational characteristics and regulatory focus

Chung, Sunghun and Han, Ingoo (2013) Factors influencing information distortion in online deliberations: the effects of informational characteristics and regulatory focus. Computers in Human Behavior, 29 6: 2188-2196. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2013.04.036


Author Chung, Sunghun
Han, Ingoo
Title Factors influencing information distortion in online deliberations: the effects of informational characteristics and regulatory focus
Journal name Computers in Human Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0747-5632
1873-7692
Publication date 2013-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.chb.2013.04.036
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Issue 6
Start page 2188
End page 2196
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Abstract The current study utilized regulatory focus theory to explain how online deliberations are processed differently depending on a participant's information processing style and the characteristics of a discussion topic. An experiment was conducted to investigate the relationship between informational characteristics (hedonic vs. utilitarian) and attitude change toward information, as well as the moderating effect of regulatory focus (promotion vs. prevention). Results from 207 students indicated that promotion-focused participants were more likely to change their attitude toward information than prevention-focused participants during online deliberations. Furthermore, when presented with hedonic information, attitude changes toward information were stronger for promotion-focused participants as compared to prevention-focused participants. However, when presented with utilitarian information, attitude changes were stronger for prevention-focused participants. The present findings enable researchers and practitioners to understand the interactive influence of informational characteristics and regulatory foci of participants during online deliberations, as well as influence participants' biased information processing.
Keyword Online deliberation
Regulatory focus
Information distortion
Online commentary
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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