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Thursday, June 9 • 10:30 - 11:30
Applying an Intergroup Approach to Human-Animal Relations: The Case of Anthropomorphism and Dehumanisation LIMITED

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Interactions between animals and humans are ubiquitous in human life and permeate a diversity of social contexts by providing humans with food and clothing, serving as participants in research, improving healing, and offering entertainment, leisure, and companionship. This talk aims to further understand the nature of the psychological link that connects us to other animals. Specifically, we discuss how theories of intergroup relations can be extended and applied to the realm of human-animal interactions (e.g., Amiot Waytz et al., 2010)–, and of dehumanization, arguing that these social psychological constructs are relevant to understanding the nature of our psychological links not only with non-human animals, but even with fellow humans (e.g., Bastian et al., 2012). Empirical evidence is presented (N=365), identifying the antecedents and outcomes of anthropomorphism towards animals specifically, and showing how this form of anthropomorphism is unique relative to anthropomorphism of machines. Overall, the findings provide support for the applicability of social psychological principles to human-animal interactions and confirm the importance of understanding these common yet consequential relations.

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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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