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

Livingstone, Andrew, Shepherd, Lee, Spears, Russell and Manstead, Antony (2016) “Fury, us”: Anger as a basis for new group self-categories. Cognition and Emotion, 30 (1). pp. 183-192. ISSN 0269-9931

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2015.1023702

Abstract

We tested the hypothesis that shared emotions, notably anger, influence the formation of new selfcategories.
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 selfcategorisation, even in the absence of existing, available self-categories.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitudes, emotion, self-categorisation, social identity
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 15:57
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24524

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