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The European Journal of Communication Research

Ed. by Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie / d'Haenens, Leen

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Volume 32, Issue 1


Beyond accessibility? Toward an on-line and memory-based model of framing effects

Jörg Matthes
  • Doctoral Candidate at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zürich, Andreasstrasse 15, CH-8050 Zürich, Switzerland.
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Published Online: 2007-03-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COMMUN.2007.003


This theoretical article investigates the effects of media frames on individuals' judgments. In contrast to previous theorizing, we suggest that framing scholars should embrace both, on-line and memory-based judgment formation processes. Based on that premise, we propose a model that distinguishes between two phases of framing effects. Along the first phase, the media's framing contributes to the formation of an on-line or a memory-based judgment. The second phase describes six hypothetical routes for the stability or the change of these judgments: maintenance, readjustment, crystallization, inoculation, persuasion, and attenuation. At the heart of our model, we try to extract predictors for each of those routes. Finally, the implications of the proposed model for future framing research are discussed.

Keywords: framing; on-line judgments; memory-based judgments; accessibility; persuasion; media effects

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Published Online: 2007-03-19

Published in Print: 2007-03-20

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 32, Issue 1, Pages 51–78, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COMMUN.2007.003.

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