Responding to People Who Differ From Us: The Dissimilar, the Disliked, and the Socially Distant

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Date(s) - 03/28/2017
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

IUPUI University Hall, Room 3011


How do we think about people who are different from us? This question has long been of interest to psychologists, and has been approached in a variety of ways. In this talk I will present recent evidence from two lines of research that deal with this issue. One line has to do with social projection: the degree to which we attribute characteristics of ourselves to other people. Although projection is a ubiquitous process, it is more common with some targets than others. I will talk about some work that attempts to understand the ways in which two specific factors can influence projection: perceived dissimilarity to the target, and actual dislike of the target. The other line of research has to do with how we respond to others in distress. Unsurprisingly, psychological distance from a target can affect feelings of empathic concern and the willingness to offer help. However, it may also affect the relationship between empathic concern and helping. I will talk about some work that has begun to investigate this issue.

The Philanthropy Research Workshop is the new name for the workshop formerly known as WIMPS, a venue for presenting academic research prior to publication. The purposes of the workshop are to help students and early career faculty develop as scholars, to build a sense of community and shared knowledge, and to build the research reputation of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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