How are emotional intergroup apologies for past mistreatment received by their targets? I review previous experiments from our lab showing a pattern, in which insult is taken at offers of compensation from an outgroup, and mitigated by expressions of shame but not by expressions of guilt. I will then present two new experiments, conducted among Black British citizens judging police apologies for racial harassment. Both experiments show that an important moderating factor in the shame-insult effect is outgroup blame; shame reduced insult most among those who strongly blamed the outgroup, rather than Blacks themselves, for police harassment.
|Title of host publication||British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 2-4 April 2008, Dublin, Ireland|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2008|