Intergroup relations and the attribution of emotions: control over memory for secondary emotions associated with ingroup and outgroup

Gaunt, Ruth and Leyens, Jacques-Philippe and Demoulin, Stephanie (2002) Intergroup relations and the attribution of emotions: control over memory for secondary emotions associated with ingroup and outgroup. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 38 (5). pp. 508-514. ISSN 0022-1031

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0022-1031(02)00014-8

Abstract

This study tested the hypothesis that people perceive their ingroup as experiencing more uniquely human secondary emotions than the outgroup. Jacoby’s process-dissociation procedure was used to measure participants’ controlled recognition memory for materials that associated the ingroup or outgroup with secondary or primary emotions. Conscious memory was better for associations between the outgroup and secondary emotions than for associations between the ingroup and secondary emotions. No such difference was found for primary emotions. These results suggest that people attribute more humanity to the ingroup than to an outgroup.

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Additional Information:This study tested the hypothesis that people perceive their ingroup as experiencing more uniquely human secondary emotions than the outgroup. Jacoby’s process-dissociation procedure was used to measure participants’ controlled recognition memory for materials that associated the ingroup or outgroup with secondary or primary emotions. Conscious memory was better for associations between the outgroup and secondary emotions than for associations between the ingroup and secondary emotions. No such difference was found for primary emotions. These results suggest that people attribute more humanity to the ingroup than to an outgroup.
Keywords:infrahumanisation, intergroup relations
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:6855
Deposited By: Ruth Gaunt
Deposited On:17 Nov 2012 19:30
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:19

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