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Lecture 19

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Ingrid L.Stefanovic

Lecture 19 Intergroup Processes Ingroup A social group to which you belong You can have multiple ingroups Outgroup A social group to which you do not belong Intergroup Processes Situations, cognitions, beliefs and feelings that arise when people from different groups interact with or think about each other Or any method that will effect each other Social Identity Theory A diffuse use interrelated set of social psychological theories about when and why individuals identify with, and behave as a part, of social group Most widely used in the world Assumptions o Key Assumption: we have a need for positive self-regard o Achieved via our own achievements; or via identification with the achievements of the social groups we belong to Components o Categorization: People naturally group other social objects into groups Creates ingroup-outgroup distinction People naturally group similar objects together (or group people) Why do we categorize people into groups? (Trade speed for accuracy) Old way: laziness (people simply did not care) New way: cognitive miser (we move faster through the world if we dont have to individually process each human being) o We have limited cognitive resources that must be conserved o Engage in mental shortcuts (heuristics) o Applied to group categorization: Categorize people on the basis of shared features Can trivially create minimal groups o Minimal Groups: Ingroups and outgroups formed on trivial, highly context-specific features (features of the current situation hence why someone else wouldnt necessarily categorize people in the same way) Minimal group paradigm: creating ingroups and outgroups from the most minimal of conditions Example: Sandal versus sneakers on 1 day of class Blue versus yellow t-shirts distributed in the lab Tajfel & Turner (1979) Method: Participants come into lab in groups
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