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The consonance constraint-satisfaction model, which has simulated the major paradigms of classical cognitive dissonance theory, is here extended to deal with more contemporary findings concerning self-affirmation phenomena in dissonance reduction. The key addition to the model, which has also figured in recent simulations of arousal phenomena, is to lessen activity level within the neural network model in self-affirmation conditions. These and other simulations continue to show that dissonance phenomena can be explained in terms of constraint satisfaction.


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