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Thursday, June 9 • 10:30 - 11:30
From Dehumanization to Humanization, and Vice-Versa: The Role of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Values LIMITED

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Humanness is an important characteristic that one uses to describe other persons, but very often one prefers to dehumanize people and consider them more as objects or animals. Research in social psychology has largely examined the purposes of dehumanization and objectification in the context of interpersonal and intergroup relations. For example, dehumanizing members of out-groups has been found to be a form of derogation that justifies discrimination and aggressive behaviours toward them. In a series of 4 studies, we examined the hypothesis that individuals’ intrinsic and extrinsic values are also important determinants of the extent to which they attribute humanness to other persons and social groups or they consider others as instrumental or threat to attain a personal goals. Participants (average N across studies > 150) were asked to evaluate various social groups, such as international soccer teams, Canadian political parties, and refugees, in terms of personality traits, values, and emotions. In addition, we examined the relationship between self-dehumanization and other-dehumanization as explained by intrinsic and extrinsic values. Overall, the findings shed a light on the relationships between intrinsic/extrinsic values and (de)humanization.

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Frederick Grouzet

Associate Professor, University of Victoria


Taylor Gibson

University of Victoria

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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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