Perceiving the World through Group-Colored Glasses: A Perceptual Model of Intergroup Relations

Psychological Inquiry, Vol. 27, p. 255-274, 2016

81 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2016  

Y. Jenny Xiao

New York University (NYU); Macalester College

Géraldine Coppin

University of Geneva

Jay J Van Bavel

New York University (NYU) - Department of Psychology

Date Written: October 17, 2016

Abstract

Extensive research has investigated societal and behavioral consequences of social group affiliation and identification, but has been relatively silent on the role of perception in intergroup relations. We propose the Perceptual Model of Intergroup Relations to conceptualize how intergroup relations are grounded in perception. We review the growing literature on how intergroup dynamics shape perception across different sensory modalities and argue that these perceptual processes mediate intergroup relations. The model provides a starting point for social psychologists to study perception as a function of social group dynamics, and for perception researchers to consider social influences. We highlight several gaps in the literature and outline areas for future research. Uncovering the role of perception in intergroup relations offers novel insights into the construction of shared reality may help devise new and unique interventions targeted at the perceptual level.

Keywords: Intergroup Relations, Social Identity, Group Processes, Perception, Discrimination

Suggested Citation

Xiao, Y. Jenny and Coppin, Géraldine and Van Bavel, Jay J, Perceiving the World through Group-Colored Glasses: A Perceptual Model of Intergroup Relations (October 17, 2016). Psychological Inquiry, Vol. 27, p. 255-274, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2853647

Y. Jenny Xiao

New York University (NYU) ( email )

6 Washington Place
4th floor Social Psychology
New York, NY 10003-711
United States

Macalester College ( email )

1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
United States

Géraldine Coppin

University of Geneva ( email )

Boulevard du pont d'Arve 40
Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

Jay J Van Bavel (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Department of Psychology ( email )

New York, NY 10003
United States

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