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Do Hostile Information Operations Really Have the Intended Effects? A Literature Review
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9990-2877
2022 (English)In: Journal of Information Warfare, ISSN 1445-3312, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 21-35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to review the scientific basis for claiming any effect of foreign information operations. The literature on information operations is reviewed, as well as other kinds of persuasive communication (advertising, risk and health communication) that aims to change attitudes or behaviour. Most research indicates that persuasive communication in general has little effect on receiver attitudes and/or behaviour. Some hypothetical strategies that may increase the effect are formulated, such as hiding the sender’s intent, sending messages not too distant from the receiver’s present views, or using the emotional, rather than the rational, route.

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2022. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 21-35
Keywords [en]
Information Operations, Persuasion, Receiver Effects, Persuasion Resistance
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Applied Psychology
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Leadership and Command & Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10840OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10840DiVA, id: diva2:1661333
Available from: 2022-05-26 Created: 2022-05-26 Last updated: 2022-06-20Bibliographically approved

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