Social Exclusion

This research project focuses on how facial appearance can act as a cue that guides observers‘ feelings and moral judgments about social exclusion. We manipulated portraits of allegedly ostracized persons to appear more or less warm and competent. Participants perceived it as least acceptable to exclude a warm-and-incompetent looking person, whereas they perceived it as most acceptable to exclude a cold-and-incompetent looking person. This effect is mediated by feelings of disgust. Moreover, we found that typical ostracizers are imagined as cold-and-incompetent looking.

 

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This work has recently been published:

Rudert, S. C., Reutner, L., Greifeneder, R., & Walker, M. (2017). Faced with exclusion: Perceived facial warmth and competence influence moral judgments of social exclusionJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, 68, 101-112. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2016.06.005

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