Do Intergroup Conflicts Necessarily Result from Outgroup Hate?

Michael Mäs, Jacob Dijkstra

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We developed a new experimental design to test whether or not individuals engage in conflict between social groups because they seek to harm outgroup members. Challenging prominent social psychological theories, we did not find support for such negative social preferences. Nevertheless, subjects heavily engaged in group conflict. Results support the argument that processes that act within social groups motivate engagement in conflict between groups even in the absence of negative social preferences. In particular, we found that "cheap talk'' communication between group members fuels conflict. Analyses did not support the notion that the effect of communication results from guilt-aversion processes.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's19
TijdschriftPLoS ONE
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusPublished - 4-jun-2014

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