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Seeing the world with the eyes of the outgroup — The impact of perspective taking on the prototypicality of the ingroup relative to the outgroup

Berthold, Anne, Leicht, Carola, Methner, Nicole, Gaum, Petra (2013) Seeing the world with the eyes of the outgroup — The impact of perspective taking on the prototypicality of the ingroup relative to the outgroup. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49 (6). pp. 1034-1041. ISSN 0022-1031. (doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2013.07.007) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The positive effect of perspective taking on favorable attitudes towards stigmatized individuals and outgroups is well established (Batson et al., 1997). We draw on the ingroup projection model (Mummendey & Wenzel, 1999) to better understand the processes underlying this effect. Based on their egocentric perspective, ingroup and outgroup members have different representations of the superordinate group (perspective divergence) so that the ingroup is perceived as more relatively prototypical of the superordinate group, leading to negative outgroup evaluation. We hypothesize that the positive effect of perspective taking on outgroup attitudes is due to a reduction of relative ingroup prototypicality. Across three studies with different manipulations of perspective taking, we found that participants who were taking the perspective of an outgroup member evaluated the outgroup more positively and were less inclined to perceive their ingroup as more relatively prototypical. The effect of perspective taking on outgroup attitudes was mediated by relative ingroup prototypicality.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.07.007
Uncontrolled keywords: Perspective taking; Relative ingroup prototypicality; Attitude towards outgroup
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Carola Leicht
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 09:10 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47833 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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