This Friday at 3pm in room 302-3, Sjoerd Pennekamp will be presenting a talk titled "In matters of opinion, what matters is the group: The emotional reactions of group members to messages about their identity" (abstract below). Drinks and nibblies will follow from 4-5. Sjoerd is a PhD student from the University of Amsterdam who has been working at UQ for some time.
The social psych seminar series then continues with an out-of-sequence talk Wed May 30th at 3pm in Rm 306 by Dan Druckman, a social psychologist working at ACPACS, before concluding June 1st with a presentation by Professor Bill von Hippel at 3pm in rm 302.
In matters of opinion, what matters is the group: The emotional reactions of group members to messages about their identity
Sjoerd F. Pennekamp
Given the omnipresence of groups in our everyday life, we will often be confronted with people's opinion about our groups. Work on the intergroup sensitivity effect shows that group criticism is usually better received from ingroup members than from outgroup members. However the fact that ingroup members are responded to more positive when expressing a negative message about the group doesn't have to be limited to group criticism. In this talk I'll show the important role a source's group membership has in the way members of minority and low status groups react to messages about identity expression and status relations. In doing this I will highlight important role of anger in explaining how intergroup communication, and discuss how these emotions influence the action tendencies that are experienced by members of these groups.