This review covers research on attitudes and attitude change published between 2010 and 2017. We characterize this period as one of significant progress toward an understanding of how attitudes form and change in three critical contexts. The first context is the person, as attitudes change in connection to values, general goals, language, emotions, and human development. The second context is social relationships, which link attitude change to the communicator of persuasive messages, social media, and culture. The third context is sociohistorical and highlights the influence of unique events, including sociopolitical, economic, and climatic occurrences. In conclusion, many important recent findings reflect the fact that holism, with a focus on situating attitudes within their personal, social, and historical contexts, has become the zeitgeist of attitude research during this period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-327
Number of pages29
JournalAnnual review of psychology
StatePublished - Jan 4 2018


  • Attitude
  • Belief
  • Culture
  • Evaluative judgment
  • Goal
  • Opinion
  • Persuasion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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