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Comparison focus in intergroup comparisons: who we compare to whom influences who we see as powerful and agentic.
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PMID:  20841435     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In intergroup comparisons one group usually becomes the implicit norm that other groups are compared to. Three studies address the consequences that the direction of the comparison has for perceptions of the compared groups. For real groups (Experiment 1) and fictitious groups (Experiments 2 and 3) participants perceived a group as more powerful and higher in status when it had been the norm rather than the effect to be explained in a text comparing two groups. Moreover, norm groups and their "typical" members were perceived as more agentic and less communal than comparison groups, and these attributions were mediated by the ascription of power. The authors conclude that systematic ways of explaining one group rather than another could serve as a subtle tool to perpetuate the status quo of intergroup power relations.
Susanne Bruckmüller; Andrea E Abele
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2010-09-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Personality & social psychology bulletin     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1552-7433     ISO Abbreviation:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-29     Completed Date:  2011-02-02     Revised Date:  2011-02-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809042     Medline TA:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1424-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Erlangen–Nuremberg, Lehrstuhl Sozialpsychologie, Bismarckstr. 6, 91054 Erlangen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Double-Blind Method
Group Processes*
Middle Aged
Power (Psychology)*
Social Control, Informal*
Social Perception*

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