Memory for intergroup apologies and its relationship with forgiveness

Philpot, Catherine R. and Hornsey, Matthew J. (2011) Memory for intergroup apologies and its relationship with forgiveness. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41 1: 96-106. doi:10.1002/ejsp.741

Author Philpot, Catherine R.
Hornsey, Matthew J.
Title Memory for intergroup apologies and its relationship with forgiveness
Journal name European Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0046-2772
Publication date 2011-02
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.741
Volume 41
Issue 1
Start page 96
End page 106
Total pages 11
Editor Anne Maass
Russell Spears
Place of publication Bognor Regis, West Sussex, U.K.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines memory for collective apologies. Our interest was in determining whether people are aware of intergroup apologies and whether this contributes to forgiveness for offending groups. Surveys conducted in three nations affected by Japanese World War II aggression found that participants were more likely to believe (incorrectly) that Japan had not apologized for WWII than to believe (correctly) that they had (Study 1). In contrast, participants were eight times more likely to believe that a corporation had apologized for misconduct than to (correctly) recall that they had not (Study 1). Forgiveness levels were higher among those who believed the group had apologized than among apology deniers, although the effect was weak and inconsistent. However, in a follow-up study that measured identification with the victim group it was found that high identifiers were significantly less likely to “remember” an apology (Study 2). Results suggest that memories for collective apologies are fluid and may not be causally related to intergroup forgiveness.
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keyword Social-dominance orientation
Right-wing authoritarianism
Just-world beliefs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 8 APR 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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