Psych M.D. - Ingroup Bias


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Term: Ingroup Bias
Definition (Myers):The tendency to favor one's own group.₁
Definition (alternative): Essentially, ingroup bias is exhibited whenever someone gives preferential treatment to members of a group to which he or she belongs.
Contextual explanation:

Basically, ingroup is any group that you associate with at a particular time. For example, if you joined the basketball team during the winter sports season or participated in the speech and debate tournament, you consider yourself as that team/group's ingroup.

Now, ingroup bias is when you have a tendency to favor your own 'ingroup'. In the example provided above, you would be favoring your basketball team or speech and debate group. Ingroup bias may have powerful affects on people, many societies, and life. To put it in simple terms, you believe that your team (ingroup) is "right" and "good" whereas the opposing team (outgroup) is "bad" and "evil".₃

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Related websites:
Sources:
  1. Myers, D.G. (2003). Psychology. New York City: Worth Publishers.
  2. Smith, S.E. (2005). What is Ingroup bias?. Retrieved from http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-ingroup-bias.htm
  3. Psychology glossary. ingroup bias.. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.alleydog.com/glossary/definition.cfm?term=Ingroup%20Bias
  4. Ingroups, self-beliefs and soul shifters [Web log message]. (2009, September 15). Retrieved from http://emergingfromthefire.blogspot.com/2009/09/ingroups-self-beliefs-and-soul-shifters.html
  5. Staying in group. (2004-2009). Retrieved from http://www.edupics.com/en-coloring-pictures-pages-photo-staying-in-group-i13511.html
  6. Talking in group. (2004-2009). Retrieved from http://www.edupics.com/en-coloring-pictures-pages-photo-talking-in-group-i14849.html
Edited by: Kathy
Date of last edit: 12/10/2009



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