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Thursday, June 9 • 10:30 - 11:30
Dehumanisation and intergroup attitudes LIMITED

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This talk explores the association of dehumanisation and intergroup hostility: on the one hand, people often deny or downplay the humanity of others with whom they conflict; on the other, there can be unexpectedly negative intergroup effects of appealing to common humanity among perpetrators and victims of historical atrocities. I review a program of research which has addressed this relationship in the past, and present a recent experiment using a first person shooter task to examine the impact of manipulated dehumanisation, identities, and norms. A significant three way interaction between norms, identification, and dehumanisation on the internalisation of shooting behaviour was observed, which can be interpreted as showing that participants were reluctant to internalise shooting behaviour when shooting targets were humanised, as people are less willing to harm more humanised others. However, when participants strongly identified with the police, their group identification may have been enough to overcome the incongruence between a pro‐shooting harmful norm and a humanised target (compared to a dehumanised one). The theoretical applications are discussed.

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Social and Personality Psychology / Psychologie sociale et de la personnalité

The section exists to further research in Social and Personality Psychology and to foster relationships among Canadian researchers in these areas. The section organizes a one-day preconference to the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association. The line-up of speakers is always stellar and the preconference offers students and faculty a smaller venue for presentation and interaction prior to the larger meeting. The section also... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2016 10:30 - 11:30
Crystal Ballroom (Fairmont Empress) 721 Government St, Victoria, BC

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