What are the names of your group and the enemy's group? Labeling in intergroup conflicts.

[Speaker] Teraguchi, Tsukasa:1
[Co-author] Kugihara, Naoki:1
1:Osaka University (Japan)

This study investigated whether aggressors positively label themselves or negatively label victims when they attempt to attack victims. Previous studies have only investigated the effect of negatively labeling victims on aggressors' behavior and others' evaluations of aggressors; no study has examined whether aggressors typically use a labeling strategy when they attempt to attack victims. To examine this, we conducted an experiment using a task similar to the dictator game. The results suggested that when aggressors knew they had the opportunity to attack victims, the more intentional they are to attack, the more positive name they tended to give their team than their enemy's team. However, this study did not elucidate the kinds of labeling strategies people prefer. Therefore, future studies should investigate the situations in which people use negative labeling or positive labeling strategies.
Advanced Search