Research data from the manuscript "Respect and political disagreement: Can intergroup respect reduce the biased evaluation of outgroup arguments?"

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  • Eschert, Silke (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)
  • Simon, Bernd (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)
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  • GESIS:
    • Psychology
  • APA Classification:
    • Group & Interpersonal Processes
    • Social Perception & Cognition
  • Abstract

    Past research indicates that in political debates the same arguments are judged very differently depending on the perceiver's own position on the issue, because positions on controversial issues are often tied to collective identities. In this series of studies we tested the assumption that equality-based respect from an opposing opinion-based group can reduce such biases. Results confirmed that identification as an opponent or proponent of a contested issue was negatively related to evaluations of outgroup arguments (Study 1) and that this negative link was no longer significant when intergroup respect was experimentally induced (Study 2). Results support the notion that disagreements over political issues are intergroup conflicts, in which different socio-political groups struggle for recognition, and that approaches that protect collective identities and improve intergroup relations should be employed to de-escalate them.
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Update Metadata: 2019-03-15 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-03-15