Us Versus Them

  title={Us Versus Them},
  author={Mina Cikara and Matthew M. Botvinick and Susan T. Fiske},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={306 - 313}
Intergroup competition makes social identity salient, which in turn affects how people respond to competitors’ hardships. The failures of an in-group member are painful, whereas those of a rival out-group member may give pleasure—a feeling that may motivate harming rivals. The present study examined whether valuation-related neural responses to rival groups’ failures correlate with likelihood of harming individuals associated with those rivals. Avid fans of the Red Sox and Yankees teams viewed… 

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