Picture this: emotional and political responses to photographs of the Kenneth Bigley kidnapping

Iyer, Aarti and Oldmeadow, Julian (2006) Picture this: emotional and political responses to photographs of the Kenneth Bigley kidnapping. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36 5: 635-647. doi:10.1002/ejsp.316


Author Iyer, Aarti
Oldmeadow, Julian
Title Picture this: emotional and political responses to photographs of the Kenneth Bigley kidnapping
Journal name European Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-0992
0046-2772
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.316
Volume 36
Issue 5
Start page 635
End page 647
Total pages 13
Place of publication The Hague
Publisher Wiley
Language eng
Subject 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Abstract The use of photographs to augment media reports of kidnapping victims in Iraq has sparked debates over the effects of such images on the public and, ultimately, the politics surrounding the event. We considered the effects of such images in a sample of British university students during the 2004 kidnapping of British citizen Kenneth Bigley. Drawing on emotions theory, we examined the effects of graphic images on emotional reactions and attitudes towards negotiations. Half of the participants were exposed to photographs of the victim that had recently been published in a national newspaper. The other half were not shown any images. As predicted, the photographs increased fear reactions amongst participants compared to no photograph controls. Fear and sympathy, but not anger, predicted attitudes towards negotiation. The photographs used in this study thus indirectly increased participants' support for negotiating with and submitting to the demands of the captors. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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