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The impact of terrorist attack news on moral intuitions and outgroup prejudice


Tamborini, Ronald; Hofer, Matthias; Prabhu, Sujay; Grall, Clare; Novotny, Eric Robert; Hahn, Lindsay; Klebig, Brian (2017). The impact of terrorist attack news on moral intuitions and outgroup prejudice. Mass Communication and Society, 20(6):800-824.

Abstract

Using logic suggested by the model of intuitive morality and exemplars, we examined the impact of exposure to terrorist attack news coverage on the salience of moral intuitions and prosocial behavioral intentions toward outgroup members. In an experiment, participants were randomly assigned to watch news of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks or a control news story. Afterward, we measured the salience of five moral intuitions (sensitivity to care, fairness, loyalty, authority, and purity) and the participants’ prejudice (i.e., the lack of intentions to help outgroup members). Results showed that exposure to terrorist attack news (a) increased the salience of respect for authority and subsequently (b) reduced prosocial behavioral intentions toward outgroup members. Closer inspection revealed that authority salience mediated the effect of terrorist news exposure on these behavioral intentions toward outgroup members. In a second study using the same design as in the first study, we ensured that the ingroup and the outgroup addressed in the first study were indeed perceived differently on dimensions of ingroup membership.

Abstract

Using logic suggested by the model of intuitive morality and exemplars, we examined the impact of exposure to terrorist attack news coverage on the salience of moral intuitions and prosocial behavioral intentions toward outgroup members. In an experiment, participants were randomly assigned to watch news of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks or a control news story. Afterward, we measured the salience of five moral intuitions (sensitivity to care, fairness, loyalty, authority, and purity) and the participants’ prejudice (i.e., the lack of intentions to help outgroup members). Results showed that exposure to terrorist attack news (a) increased the salience of respect for authority and subsequently (b) reduced prosocial behavioral intentions toward outgroup members. Closer inspection revealed that authority salience mediated the effect of terrorist news exposure on these behavioral intentions toward outgroup members. In a second study using the same design as in the first study, we ensured that the ingroup and the outgroup addressed in the first study were indeed perceived differently on dimensions of ingroup membership.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:12 August 2017
Deposited On:15 Jan 2018 14:17
Last Modified:14 Aug 2018 00:00
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mass Communication and Society on 19 Jul 2017, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15205436.2017.1342130.
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2017.1342130

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