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Accountability accentuates interindividual-intergroup discontinuity by enforcing parochialism

Accountability accentuates interindividual-intergroup discontinuity by enforcing parochialism
Accountability accentuates interindividual-intergroup discontinuity by enforcing parochialism
Interindividual-intergroup discontinuity is the tendency for relations between groups to be more competitive than relations between individuals. We examined whether the discontinuity effect arises in part because group members experience normative pressure to favor the ingroup (parochialism). Building on the notion that accountability enhances normative pressure, we hypothesized that the discontinuity effect would be larger when accountability is present (compared to absent). A prisoner’s dilemma game experiment supported this prediction. Specifically, intergroup (compared to interindividual) interaction activated an injunctive ingroup-favoring norm, and accountability enhanced the influence of this norm on competitive behavior.
discontinuity effect, accountability, parochialism, prisoner’s dilemma, intergroup relations
1664-1078
1-10
Wildschut, Tim
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Van Horen, Femke
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Hart, Claire
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Wildschut, Tim
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Van Horen, Femke
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Hart, Claire
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Wildschut, Tim, Van Horen, Femke and Hart, Claire (2015) Accountability accentuates interindividual-intergroup discontinuity by enforcing parochialism. Frontiers in Psychology, 1-10. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01789).

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Interindividual-intergroup discontinuity is the tendency for relations between groups to be more competitive than relations between individuals. We examined whether the discontinuity effect arises in part because group members experience normative pressure to favor the ingroup (parochialism). Building on the notion that accountability enhances normative pressure, we hypothesized that the discontinuity effect would be larger when accountability is present (compared to absent). A prisoner’s dilemma game experiment supported this prediction. Specifically, intergroup (compared to interindividual) interaction activated an injunctive ingroup-favoring norm, and accountability enhanced the influence of this norm on competitive behavior.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 November 2015
Published date: 25 November 2015
Keywords: discontinuity effect, accountability, parochialism, prisoner’s dilemma, intergroup relations

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Local EPrints ID: 388118
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/388118
ISSN: 1664-1078
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Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 20:17

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Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Femke Van Horen
Author: Claire Hart

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