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Title: MORTALITY SALIENCE AND REACTIONS TOWARD CRITICAL INGROUP AND OUTGROUP MEMBERS
Authors: KHOO LIN ZHI BERNICE
Keywords: terror management theory, mortality salience, intergroup sensitivity effect, intergroup processes, group criticism
Issue Date: 4-Jul-2013
Source: KHOO LIN ZHI BERNICE (2013-07-04). MORTALITY SALIENCE AND REACTIONS TOWARD CRITICAL INGROUP AND OUTGROUP MEMBERS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The current research examined how mortality salience influences reactions toward critical ingroup and outgroup members. First, a pilot study was conducted to test the typical personal mortality salience induction in a Singaporean sample. Of more relevance, in three experiments, people derogated an ingroup critic more when they were reminded of their death, relative to the control condition. Besides, among mortality salient participants, evaluations of the ingroup critic were also more negative compared to evaluations of the outgroup critic. The increased derogation of the ingroup critic under mortality salience occurred when participants processed the criticism before the critic¿s group membership information, but not when they received the criticism after the group membership information (Experiment 1). Also, such derogation was mediated by an increase in perceived threat under mortality salience (Experiment 2). Finally, mortality salient participants were more likely to derogate the ingroup critic when the criticism was unjustified, but not when the criticism was justified (Experiment 3). Implications for terror management theory and reactions to group-directed criticism are discussed.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/47519
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