For this assignment, you will create an annotated bibliography for academic research articles that studied your assigned theory (see Student Assignment to Theories document). The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to provide an extended description of an article that you consider relevant to your theory portfolio. It acts as a quick reference guide that identifies key points and/or a critical analysis of the work. An annotated bibliography is an efficient way to catalog articles that are relevant to research and will help you with writing a literature review in future classes.
The following sites are great resources for writing annotated bibliographies:
Annotated Bibliography Requirements:
Each reference in your annotated bibliography must include:
Example of full annotation
Breakdown of Grade
Correct formatting of APA citation (1 pt x 10) 10 points
Summary Annotation (2 pts x 10) 20 points
Evaluative Annotation (2 pts x 10) 20 points
Total 50 points
Tips for using SuperSearch (via KSU Library website)
Cognitive Dissonance Theory (Leon Festinger)
A First Look Chapter 16
“the distressing mental state that people feel when they find themselves doing things that don’t fit with what they know, or having opinions that do not fit with other opinions they hold.”
As we explored in previous theories, humans find uncertainty to be an uncomfortable mental experience. Cognitive Dissonance takes this concept a step further to explain why we avoid, or explain away, information that challenges our beliefs and values. While Festinger began his work with theory development by examining how cognitive dissonance influenced smokers’ attitudes and behavior related to smoking, we are seeing a current example of cognitive dissonance in play with the Coronavirus. Though wide-spread scientific information has been presented by health experts about the need to engage in certain behaviors (wearing masks, social distancing), many people believe those actions infringe on individual rights. In order to internally justify their decision not to engage in those health-protection behaviors, people may downplay the significance of the health information or the expectation of being impacting by Covid-19.
Cognitive Dissonance Theory proposes three hypotheses: