"Strategic Emotion Expression in Intergroup Conflicts"
University of Groningen - Department of Social Psychology
Prof.dr. Russell Spears (University of Groningen)
Prof.dr. Ernestine H. Gordijn (University of Groningen)
1 January 2013 - 1 January 2017
Whenever two groups engage in a conflict, a multitude of emotions are experienced and expressed. But do expressed emotions always equate to experienced emotion? We propose that emotions may rather be expressed strategically, especially if a third party gets involved in the conflict. As a third party may provide substantial support or serve as a judge, we suppose that expressed emotions towards this group vary substantially from emotions expressed towards the opponent group. Therefore we expect, that strategic emotion expression depends on the audience with which a group communicates. Strategic considerations shall be determined by established associations between specific emotions and behavioral reactions they evoke in the audience.
It is the aim of the current project to provide empirical support for strategic emotion expression in intergroup conflicts and the effect of different audiences. We will further explore the influence of additional factors like power and status differences of the involved groups, consequences for the individual caused by identifiability and accountability and sympathy preferences of the third party.