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While expert groups often make recommendations on a range of non-controversial as well as controversial issues, little is known about how the level of expert consensus-the level of expert agreement-influences

While expert groups often make recommendations on a range of non-controversial as well as controversial issues, little is known about how the level of expert consensus-the level of expert agreement-influences perceptions of the recommendations. This research illustrates that for non-controversial issues expert groups that exhibit high levels of agreement are more persuasive than expert groups that exhibit low levels of agreement. This effect is mediated by the perceived entitativity-the perceived cohesiveness or unification of the group-of the expert group.

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    Votruba, Ashley M., & Kwan, Virginia S. Y. (2015). Disagreeing on Whether Agreement Is Persuasive: Perceptions of Expert Group Decisions. PLOS ONE, 10(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0121426

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