'They cooperate with us, so they are like me': perceived intergroup relationship moderates projection from self to outgroups


Whereas projection of self-attributes to ingroups is ubiquitous, projection of self-attributes to outgroups (outgroup projection) is an elusive phenomenon. Two experiments examined the moderating effect of perceived intergroup relationship on outgroup projection and explored underlying mechanisms. Perceived cooperation versus competition between ingroup and outgroup was manipulated using fictitious (Experiment 1) or natural groups (Experiment 2). In both experiments, participants judged the outgroup as more similar to the self in the cooperation condition than in the competition condition. This effect was independent of recategorization, perceived intergroup similarity, and ingroup-to-outgroup projection. These studies demonstrate the very existence of outgroup projection and extend previous work on moderators of projection from self to groups.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430207084849
Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Aston Business School
Uncontrolled Keywords: common ingroup identity,intergroup conflict,multilevel analysis,social categorization,social identification,social projection,Communication,Cultural Studies
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Published Date: 2008-01
Authors: Riketta, Michael
Sacramento, Claudia A. ( 0000-0002-7384-1412)

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