Emotion and Intergroup
Final rept. 1 Apr 2011-31 Mar 2015
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIV CA
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The overall goal of this project was to examine the role of emotions, and specifically anger, contempt, and disgust, in facilitating the build up to aggression and violence. Year 1 of this project was fulfilled under a separate contract number. This project tested a theory of the role of specific emotions in the motivation of groups that transform angry or fearful groups into organizations of violence and hostility. We focused on the role of anger, contempt, and disgust the ANCODI hypothesis in this transformation. Years 1 separate contract number and 2 Year 1 of the current contract of this project involved the analysis of historical archival records to test the ANCODI hypothesis of aggression. The ANCODI emotions were associated with political aggression in groups, and the findings transcended language, group type, and time period. Years 3-5 Years 1-3 this contract involved a series of laboratory studies that demonstrated that ANCODI emotions caused members of political groups to harbor hostile cognitions and emotions, and to engage in aggressive behaviors and decision making. Collectively the studies supported the ANCODI hypothesis of political aggression, have made strong contributions to the scientific literature, and have substantial implications to defense and national security.