Meaning in music: Deviations from expectations in music prompt outgroup derogation

Maher, Paul, Van Tilburg, Wijnand and Van den Tol, Annemieke (2013) Meaning in music: Deviations from expectations in music prompt outgroup derogation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43 (6). pp. 449-454. ISSN 0046-2772

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Encountering stimuli that violate expectations can elicit compensatory behavior. One notable result of such compensatory responses is the derogation of outgroups. The present research investigated for the first time if music that defies expectations fosters the derogation of outgroups. In Study 1, exposure to unconventional relative to conventional music increased wagers placed in favor of an ingroup winning a hypothetical rugby match against an outgroup. In extension of this finding, Study 2 revealed that unconventional music led to lower allocated budgets for support of a minority. Study 3 confirmed that music led to harsher punishments of a hypothetical outgroup offender after being exposed to an unconventional edit of a music piece relative to its regular version. The consequences of these findings are discussed in relation to intergroup relations and theories of meaning maintenance.

Keywords:meaning, music, Identity, social identity
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:33996
Deposited On:16 Nov 2018 13:42

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