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“Fury, us”: anger as a basis for new group self-categories

Livingstone, Andrew G., Shepherd, Lee, Spears, Russell and Manstead, Antony S. R. 2016. “Fury, us”: anger as a basis for new group self-categories. Cognition and Emotion 30 (1) , pp. 183-192. 10.1080/02699931.2015.1023702

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We tested the hypothesis that shared emotions, notably anger, influence the formation of new self-categories. We first measured participants' (N = 89) emotional reactions to a proposal to make university assessment tougher before providing feedback about the reactions of eight other co-present individuals. This feedback always contained information about the other individuals' attitudes to the proposals (four opposed and four not opposed) and in the experimental condition emotion information (of those opposed, two were angry, two were sad). Participants self-categorised more with, and preferred to work with, angry rather than sad targets, but only when participants' own anger was high. These findings support the idea that emotions are a potent determinant of self-categorisation, even in the absence of existing, available self-categories.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0269-9931
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 February 2015
Last Modified: 27 May 2020 16:00

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