The effects of empathy on intergroup conflict and aggression: examining the dual roles of empathy in fostering positive and negative intergroup relations Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Cohen, Taya R.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
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  • How does feeling empathy for others affect intergroup relations? The present research indicates that the answer to this question is more complex than might be suspected. Two experiments explored how empathic perspective-taking exercises that fostered feelings of concern for either ingroup or outgroup members affected intergroup conflict (Experiment 1) and intergroup aggression (Experiment 2). Results suggest that in the absence of provocation from an outgroup feeling empathy for outgroup members will foster positive intergroup relations, but in the presence of provocation from an outgroup feeling empathy for outgroup members will foster negative intergroup relations. Feeling empathy for ingroup members is likely to foster negative intergroup relations regardless of whether provocation is present. Importantly however, this research revealed that the effects of empathic perspective-taking on intergroup relations were moderated by gender and individual differences in empathic concern and guilt proneness.
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  • Insko, Chester A.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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