Publications on the Causal Attitude Network (CAN) Model

Dalege, J., Borsboom, D., van Harreveld, F., van den Berg, H., Conner, M., & van der Maas, H. L. J. (2016). Toward a formalized account of attitudes: The Causal Attitude Network (CAN) model. Psychological Review, 123, 2-22.

  • In this paper, we introduce the Causal Attitude Network model and argue that it provides a formalized measurement model of attitudes. We also discuss the model’s implications for attitude structure, attitude change, and attitude strength. You can find the  R-scripts here.

Dalege, J., Borsboom, D., van Harreveld, F., & van der Maas, H. L. J. (2017). Network analysis on attitudes: A brief tutorialSocial Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 528-537.

  • In this paper, we provide a brief tutorial on how to estimate and analyze attitude networks. We also show how one can simulate from an estimated attitude network.

Dalege, J., Borsboom, D., van Harreveld, F., Waldorp, L. J., & van der Maas, H. L. J. (2017). Network structure explains the impact of attitudes on voting decisions. Scientific Reports, 7, 4909.

  • In this paper, we show that the impact of attitudes on decisions depends on the connectivity of the attitude network, with central evaluative reactions having higher impact on decisions than peripheral evaluative reactions. 

Dalege, J., Borsboom, D., van Harreveld, F., & van der Maas, H. L. J. (submitted). A network perspective on political attitudes: Testing the connectivity hypothesis.

  • In this paper, we test the central postulate of the CAN model that strong attitudes correspond to highly connected networks. We also investigate whether attitudes that correspond to highly connected networks are more predictive of behaviour than attitudes that correspond to weakly connected networks.

Dalege, J., Borsboom, D., van Harreveld, F., & van der Maas, H. L. J. (in preparation). Thought is for reducing entropy: A formalised account of the causes and consequences of thinking about attitude objects. Commissioned for Psychological Inquiry.

  • In this paper, we will argue that the main function of thinking about attitude objects is to reduce the entropy of one’s attitude representation. This idea sheds new light on the adaptiveness of consistent attitudes and unifies several different areas of research, such as that on ambivalence, mere thought effects on attitudes, gradual versus abrupt attitude change, attitude-behavior consistency, and implicit versus explicit measurements of attitudes.

Other Publications

Degner, J. & Dalege, J. (2013). The apple does not fall far from the tree, or does it? A meta-analysis of parent-child similarity. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 1270-1304.

Dalege, J. & Kreemers, L. (2012). Measurement invariance. In H. J. Adér & G. J. Mellenbergh (Eds.), Advising on research methods: Selected topics 2012 (pp. 9-30). Huizen, The Netherlands: Johannes van Kessel Publishing.

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