Biases in News Media as Reflected by Personal Pronouns in Evaluative Contexts

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Abstract

In this paper, we study whether pronouns in news media are used in evaluative contexts reflecting psychological biases. The evaluative contexts of pronouns are measured by computerized sentiment analysis, enabling analyses of large text corpora and subtle evaluative differences in how words are used in contexts. The results show that self-inclusive personal pronouns (We, I) occur in more positive contexts than self-exclusive personal pronouns (He/She,They), reflecting self- and group-serving biases. The context of collective pronouns is more differentiated than that of individual pronouns, such that We occur in the most positive context whereas They occur in the most negative context, possibly reflecting a motivation caused by competition between groups. The implications of using pronouns in studies of social processes are discussed.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Psykologi

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)103-111
TidskriftSocial Psychology
Volym45
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2014
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa

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Sverker Sikström

2010/01/012014/12/31

Projekt: Forskning

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