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Linking Group Entitativity and Perceivers’ Implicit Theories to Collective Blame

By Kurt Wurthmann


The questions of whether, why, and when perceivers assign blame to members of a group besides the member(s) who directly caused a negative outcome are examined. Two experiments provide evidence that: 1. Higher levels of group entitativity are linked to higher levels of collective blame, 2. This link is mediated by inferences that group members (a) indirectly caused the act, and (b) share common character traits with the wrongdoer, and 3. Perceivers’ implicit theories about people’s traits are associated with systematic differences in the inferences they favor in associating entitativity with collective blame

Topics: Business
Publisher: NSUWorks
Year: 2014
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Provided by: NSU Works
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