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  • Understanding dehumanization: The role of agency and communion JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Formanowicz, M., Goldenberg, A., Saguy, T., Pietraszkiewicz, A., Walker, M., Gross, J. J. 2018; 77: 102–16
  • Testing the impact and durability of a group malleability intervention in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Goldenberg, A., Cohen-Chen, S., Goyer, J., Dweck, C. S., Gross, J. J., Halperin, E. 2018; 115 (4): 696–701


    Fostering perceptions of group malleability (teaching people that groups are capable of change and improvement) has been shown to lead to short-term improvements in intergroup attitudes and willingness to make concessions in intractable conflicts. The present study, a field intervention involving 508 Israelis from three locations in Israel, replicated and substantially extended those findings by testing the durability of a group malleability intervention during a 6-month period of frequent violence. Three different 5-hour-long interventions were administered as leadership workshops. The group malleability intervention was compared with a neutral coping intervention and, importantly, with a state-of-the-art perspective-taking intervention. The group malleability intervention proved superior to the coping intervention in improving attitudes, hope, and willingness to make concessions, and maintained this advantage during a 6-month period of intense intergroup conflict. Moreover, it was as good as, and in some respects superior to, the perspective-taking intervention. These findings provide a naturalistic examination of the potential of group malleability interventions to increase openness to conflict resolution.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.1706800115

    View details for Web of Science ID 000423097800050

    View details for PubMedID 29311299

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  • Emotional compensation in parents JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Goldenberg, A., Enav, Y., Halperin, E., Saguy, T., Gross, J. J. 2017; 69: 150-155
  • Making Intergroup Contact More Fruitful: Enhancing Cooperation Between Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli Adolescents by Fostering Beliefs About Group Malleability SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE Goldenberg, A., Endevelt, K., Ran, S., Dweck, C. S., Gross, J. J., Halperin, E. 2017; 8 (1): 3-10
  • The Process Model of Group-Based Emotion: Integrating Intergroup Emotion and Emotion Regulation Perspectives. Personality and social psychology review Goldenberg, A., Halperin, E., van Zomeren, M., Gross, J. J. 2016; 20 (2): 118-141


    Scholars interested in emotion regulation have documented the different goals and strategies individuals have for regulating their emotions. However, little attention has been paid to the regulation of group-based emotions, which are based on individuals' self-categorization as a group member and occur in response to situations perceived as relevant for that group. We propose a model for examininggroup-based emotion regulationthat integrates intergroup emotions theory and the process model of emotion regulation. This synergy expands intergroup emotion theory by facilitating further investigation of different goals (i.e., hedonic or instrumental) and strategies (e.g., situation selection and modification strategies) used to regulate group-based emotions. It also expands emotion regulation research by emphasizing the role of self-categorization (e.g., as an individual or a group member) in the emotional process. Finally, we discuss the promise of this theoretical synergy and suggest several directions for future research on group-based emotion regulation.

    View details for DOI 10.1177/1088868315581263

    View details for PubMedID 25870386

  • Social-Psychological Interventions for Intergroup Reconciliation: An Emotion Regulation Perspective PSYCHOLOGICAL INQUIRY Cehajic-Clancy, S., Goldenberg, A., Gross, J. J., Halperin, E. 2016; 27 (2): 73-88
  • How group-based emotions are shaped by collective emotions: evidence for emotional transfer and emotional burden. Journal of personality and social psychology Goldenberg, A., Saguy, T., Halperin, E. 2014; 107 (4): 581-596


    Extensive research has established the pivotal role that group-based emotions play in shaping intergroup processes. The underlying implicit assumption in previous work has been that these emotions reflect what the rest of the group feels (i.e., collective emotions). However, one can experience an emotion in the name of her or his group, which is inconsistent with what the collective feels. The current research investigated this phenomenon of emotional nonconformity. Particularly, we proposed that when a certain emotional reaction is perceived as appropriate, but the collective is perceived as not experiencing this emotion, people would experience stronger levels of group-based emotion, placing their emotional experience farther away from that of the collective. We provided evidence for this process across 2 different emotions: group-based guilt and group-based anger (Studies 1 and 2) and across different intergroup contexts (Israeli-Palestinian relations in Israel, and Black-White relations in the United States). In Studies 3 and 4, we demonstrate that this process is moderated by the perceived appropriateness of the collective emotional response. Studies 4 and 5 further provided evidence for the mechanisms underlying this effect, pointing to a process of emotional burden (i.e., feeling responsible for carrying the emotion in the name of the group) and of emotional transfer (i.e., transferring negative feelings one has toward the ingroup, toward the event itself). This work brings to light processes that were yet to be studied regarding the relationship between group members, their perception of their group, and the emotional processes that connect them.

    View details for DOI 10.1037/a0037462

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  • Indirect emotion regulation in intractable conflicts: A new approach to conflict resolution EUROPEAN REVIEW OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Halperin, E., Cohen-Chen, S., Goldenberg, A. 2014; 25 (1): 1-31