Promoting us or preventing them: regulatory focus and manifestations of intergroup bias.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Four studies examined whether situational and individual differences in individuals' regulatory focus influence how intergroup bias is expressed emotionally and behaviorally. Consistent with past findings on promotion focus, these studies found evidence that participants' promotion focus, whether measured or manipulated, was related to how extensively they demonstrated bias toward their ingroup in terms of cheerfulness- and dejection-related emotions and approach-related behaviors. Consistent with past findings on prevention focus, these studies also revealed that participants' prevention focus was related to how extensively they showed bias against an outgroup in terms of quiescence- and agitation-related emotions and avoidance-related behaviors. The implications for the self-regulatory functions of intergroup bias are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shah, JY; Brazy, PC; Higgins, ET

Published Date

  • April 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 433 - 446

PubMed ID

  • 15070473

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7433

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-1672

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0146167203261888


  • eng