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Left Threatened by Right: Political Intergroup Bias in the Contemporary Italian Context.
Front Psychol 2019; 10:26FP

Abstract

Using different evaluation targets (i.e., politicians' pictures, ideological words, items referring to features attributed to political ingroup/outgroup) we characterized the intergroup bias among political groups in the Italian context (Study 1-2-3) and tested a model that may account for the bias itself (Study 3). For all evaluation targets, left-wing participants - compared to right-wing participants - showed a greater intergroup bias, expressing more negative emotions toward the outgroup. The process was influenced by a greater perceived threat of the outgroup. Conversely, right-wing participants expressed the bias only when presented with ideological words. Our results provide a detailed description of how intergroup bias in Italy is differently expressed by the two ideological groups depending on the targets used to represent the political counterpart. Moreover, the results show that the stronger bias expressed by left-wing participants is driven by perceived threat of the outgroup.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. IRCCS, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy.Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. IRCCS, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy.IRCCS, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy. Department of Psychology of Developmental Processes and Socialization, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. IRCCS, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy.Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. IRCCS, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30733693

Citation

Schepisi, Michael, et al. "Left Threatened By Right: Political Intergroup Bias in the Contemporary Italian Context." Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 10, 2019, p. 26.
Schepisi M, Porciello G, Bufalari I, et al. Left Threatened by Right: Political Intergroup Bias in the Contemporary Italian Context. Front Psychol. 2019;10:26.
Schepisi, M., Porciello, G., Bufalari, I., Aglioti, S. M., & Panasiti, M. S. (2019). Left Threatened by Right: Political Intergroup Bias in the Contemporary Italian Context. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, p. 26. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00026.
Schepisi M, et al. Left Threatened By Right: Political Intergroup Bias in the Contemporary Italian Context. Front Psychol. 2019;10:26. PubMed PMID: 30733693.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Left Threatened by Right: Political Intergroup Bias in the Contemporary Italian Context. AU - Schepisi,Michael, AU - Porciello,Giuseppina, AU - Bufalari,Ilaria, AU - Aglioti,Salvatore Maria, AU - Panasiti,Maria Serena, Y1 - 2019/01/24/ PY - 2018/11/07/received PY - 2019/01/07/accepted PY - 2019/2/9/entrez PY - 2019/2/9/pubmed PY - 2019/2/9/medline KW - agentivity KW - entitativity KW - ideological conflict hypothesis KW - perceived threat KW - personalized politics KW - political intergroup bias SP - 26 EP - 26 JF - Frontiers in psychology JO - Front Psychol VL - 10 N2 - Using different evaluation targets (i.e., politicians' pictures, ideological words, items referring to features attributed to political ingroup/outgroup) we characterized the intergroup bias among political groups in the Italian context (Study 1-2-3) and tested a model that may account for the bias itself (Study 3). For all evaluation targets, left-wing participants - compared to right-wing participants - showed a greater intergroup bias, expressing more negative emotions toward the outgroup. The process was influenced by a greater perceived threat of the outgroup. Conversely, right-wing participants expressed the bias only when presented with ideological words. Our results provide a detailed description of how intergroup bias in Italy is differently expressed by the two ideological groups depending on the targets used to represent the political counterpart. Moreover, the results show that the stronger bias expressed by left-wing participants is driven by perceived threat of the outgroup. SN - 1664-1078 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30733693/Left_Threatened_by_Right:_Political_Intergroup_Bias_in_the_Contemporary_Italian_Context_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00026 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -