Intergroup attribution bias in the context of extreme intergroup conflict

Amarina, Matthew J. Hornsey, Cindy Gallois

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Limited research has examined attributional biases in the context of extreme intergroup conflict, and the research that does exist contains methodological shortcomings. To remedy this, 282 Indonesians read a newspaper article describing a violent incident in Ambon. Christians (but not Muslims) used stronger situational attributions for violent ingroup acts than for violent outgroup acts. In contrast, both Muslims and Christians used stronger dispositional attributions for violent outgroup acts than for violent ingroup acts. This latter tendency emerged independently of who was described in the article as the perpetrators of the violence. Implications for our understanding of intergroup conflict are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-299
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • Intergroup attribution bias
  • Intergroup conflict


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