I'm a doctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and a student of University of Groningen, under the guidance of Eran Halperin, Tamar Saguy & Martijn van Zomeren. My interests lie in the psychology of intergroup relations, collective action and social change. Specifically, I am interested in emotion regulation as a strategy in collective action, the negative effects of hope, and the motivations and barriers to joint (i.e. cross-group) collective action.
Research Items (3)
Prior work has shown that the experience of group-based emotions can motivate disadvantaged group members to engage in collective action. In the current research, we tested whether such action can also be driven by the motivation to induce certain emotions among the outgroup, to the extent that disadvantaged group members believe this would help them attain their social change goals. We tested this hypothesis in three studies (two correlational and one experimental) within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Study 1 showed that individuals’ motivation to induce outgroup regret was associated with non-violent collective action tendencies; whereas the motivation to induce outgroup fear was related to violent action. Study 2 moved beyond Study 1 by assessing corrective and punitive goals of social change. We found that preferences for inducing outgroup regret mediated the relationship between endorsement of corrective goals and non-violent action tendencies, whereas preferences for outgroup fear mediated the relationship between punitive goals and violent action. Study 3 provided experimental support for the causal effect of goals on emotion motivations and collective action tendencies. Together, our findings are in line with the notion of instrumental emotion regulation as applied to collective action.
Hope is viewed as a positive emotion associated with the motivation to change existing conditions. As such, it is highly relevant for social change, particularly when considering the disadvantaged position of some groups. We here propose that, in the context of asymmetrical intergroup relations, hope may actually undermine motivation for change among disadvantaged group members. Specifically, we distinguish between hope targeted at harmony with the outgroup and hope targeted at social equality. Drawing on insights regarding the consequences of positive intergroup relations, we predict that hope for harmonious relations with the outgroup can undermine the constructive tension required for motivating disadvantaged group members towards equality. Across four studies, involving different intergroup contexts, hope for harmony was negatively associated with disadvantaged group members’ motivation for collective action. We further found that high identifiers from the disadvantaged group are immune to this effect. We discuss theoretical and practical implications for the role of hope in social change.