Moderating extreme opinions

A study of 535 mostly right-wing and religious Israelis during an outbreak of violence finds that participants who were exposed to extreme messages supporting a continued Israeli-Palestinian conflict decreased their adherence to conflict-supporting attitudes over time and increased their support for conciliatory, nonaggressive policies, compared with a control group, suggesting that people may begin to view their own opinions as irrational when exposed to extreme versions of their societal beliefs. - Read at PNAS.org

Moderating attitudes in times of violence through paradoxical thinking intervention,” by Boaz Hameiri, Roni Porat, Daniel Bar-Tal, and Eran Halperin.