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Intergroup relations

COVID-19 and a Hope for Unity

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Could COVID-19 be like the extra-terrestrials in alien-invasion movies—a precursor of hope?

Religious believers think God values the lives of out-group members more than they do themselves

Belief in all powerful supernatural entities that police moral behavior between people has been shown to promote prosocial behavior between co-religionists. But do these effects extend to members of different religious groups?

Driving Under the Influence of Stereotypes: Stigma Consciousness

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People vary greatly in the degree to which they focus on the possibility of being stereotyped. Such stigma consciousness has consequences that could loom large in people’s daily lives.

The Perils of Thinking of Gender as Biology

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Indifference to the rights of women and transgender people may lie in a certain way of thinking about gender.

The Negative Spiral of Religious Intolerance

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Experiencing threats based on one’s religion is associated with greater animosity toward other groups.

Coping with Prejudice: Insights From Mindset Research

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Holding a sign she couldn’t read, Megan Phelps-Roper stood at her first picket line at age 5, and for the next twenty years joined her Westboro Baptist Church family in spreading hate against groups from Catholics to Muslims to LGBT people. To most people, what Phelps-Roper did sounds biased, and it can be tempting to think of her as a irredeemable.

Seeing Through the Fog: Forgiveness and Collective Apologies

In a series of studies social psychologists examined group forgiveness and found that individuals are astute perceivers of political process. For an apology to be sincere, the process must show that the offenders are in agreement about the apology and that the person(s) saying sorry for the group represents the whole group.

Funny or Offensive? Reactions to Online Disparaging Humor

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What you see as acceptable humor is affected by what your (social media) friends and networks think.

Defending the Statue of Liberty: Understanding Militant Responses to Terrorism

The traditional Southern belief that men must defend their honor is alive and well but not just among men. A new study finds that both men and women in the Southern United States believe in responding aggressively – and sometimes in the extreme – to attacks on the nation.
In two studies, researchers sought to measure both individual and regional differences in honor ideology in the United States.