Is there prejudice from thin air? Replicating the effect of emotion on automatic intergroup attitudes

Junhua Dang, Zeynep Ekim, Sarah Ohlsson, Helgi B. Schiöth

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Abstract

Background: Previous studies showed that anger, rather than sadness, created automatic intergroup bias in a minimal group context. Methods: The current research reports a single study (N = 99) aiming to replicate this finding and further to test whether the intergroup bias manifests as ingroup favoritism, outgroup derogation, or both. Results: Our results failed to replicate the effect of anger on automatic bias. Intriguingly, participants across all emotion conditions exhibited high level of ingroup favoritism, but there was little evidence of outgroup derogation. Conclusion: These results suggest that, when there is no competition or conflict between groups, individuals, even in a bad emotional state such as anger, generally show ingroup love rather than outgroup hate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number47
JournalBMC psychology
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 6

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)

Free keywords

  • Emotion
  • IAT
  • Ingroup favoritism
  • Outgroup derogation
  • Prejudice

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