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To Connect is to Be Influenced: What Determines a Third-party’s Forgiveness Attitudes to Conflicting Groups’ Violent Partisan Members

Noor, M and Nazneen, S (2016) To Connect is to Be Influenced: What Determines a Third-party’s Forgiveness Attitudes to Conflicting Groups’ Violent Partisan Members. Asain Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 1367-2223

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Abstract

The present research sought to answer the question of what determines an uninvolved third party’s forgiveness attitudes to conflicting groups’ violent partisan members. Specifically, Bangladeshi participants read a fictitious interview with a radicalized Palestinian who declared his intention to avenge himself against Israelis for his personal and collective plight by carrying out a suicide bombing attack. Findings revealed that an empathy manipulation (high empathy = other focused or low empathy = objective focused) influenced participants’ forgiveness attitudes towards the radicalized Palestinian such that in the high empathy condition participants were more forgiving of the target than participants in the low empathy condition. Moreover, while the strength of their religious identification (Islam) played no significant role, participants’ tendency to attribute the target’s decision to situational factors fully mediated the effects of empathy on forgiveness.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Noor, M., and Nazneen, S. (2016) To connect is to be influenced: What determines a third-party's forgiveness attitudes to conflicting groups' violent partisan members?. Asian J Soc Psychol, doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12148., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajsp.12148]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 07:57
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2017 12:29
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3874

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