The Psychology of Non-Kinetic Activities by Military Forces – A Review of Themes, Implications, and Unresolved Issues in the Study of Attitudes, Persuasion, and Social Influence


  1. Fabrigar, L.R.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Queen's Univ, Kingston ONT (CAN) Dept of Psychology
The goal of this report is to provide an overview of research on the psychology of attitudes, persuasion, and social influence as it relates to the design, implementation, and evaluation of non-kinetic activities. However, many important unresolved issues remain. Many of the unresolved issues have clear implications for the application of findings to non-kinetic activities. Some of these issues are unique to specific literatures. Others tend to re-occur across multiple literatures. The three most significant issues include: - The role of cultural variables in attitudes, persuasion, and social influence has only recently begun to receive serious attention; - Many of the techniques and measures that have been discussed within the literature were developed for study primarily within the context of laboratory settings; and, - While the effects of key variables are sometimes well established, the underlying psychological processes responsible for these effects are not always well understood.

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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2012-096 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2012
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