Internet Identifiability and Beyond: A Model of the Effects of Identifiability on Communicative Behavior

Douglas, Karen and McGarty, Craig (2002) Internet Identifiability and Beyond: A Model of the Effects of Identifiability on Communicative Behavior. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 6 (1). pp. 17-26. ISSN 1089-2699. (Full text available)

PDF
Download (109kB) Preview
[img]
Preview
Official URL
http://web.ebscohost.com.chain.kent.ac.uk/ehost/pd...

Abstract

K.M. Douglas and C. McGarty (in press) demonstrated that being identifiable to an ingroup audience in a computer-mediated communication (CMC) setting leads people to describe anonymous outgroup targets in more abstract, or stereotypical ways. Based on these findings, and on the social identity model of deindividuation effects (SIDE: S.D. Reicher, R. Spears, & T. Postmes, 1995), we aimed to test a model of the effects of identifiability on communicative behavior, in and beyond CMC. Participants in three studies, one CMC and two pen/paper, were asked to write responses to controversial messages. In all three studies, communicators who were identifiable to an ingroup audience used more stereotypical language to describe anonymous outgroup targets. Although Study 1 suggested that this increase in stereotypical language use may be strategic, Studies 2 and 3 suggested instead that it may result from more subtle, or implicit communicative processes. These results are discussed in relation to the revised SIDE model and a final model is proposed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2008 15:53
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 09:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4237 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
  • Depositors only (login required):

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year