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Biases in News Media as Reflected by Personal Pronouns in Evaluative Contexts
Stockholm Univ, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Lund Univ, S-22100 Lund, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2644-9626
2014 (English)In: Social Psychology, ISSN 1864-9335, E-ISSN 2151-2590, Vol. 45, no 2, p. 103-111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines whether pronouns in news media occurred in evaluative contexts reflecting psychological biases. Contexts of pronouns were measured by computerized semantic analysis. Results showed that self-inclusive personal pronouns (We, I) occurred in more positive contexts than self-exclusive pronouns (He/She, They), reflecting self-and group-serving biases. Contexts of collective versus individual pronouns varied; We occurred in more positive contexts than I, and He/She in more positive contexts than They. The enhancement of collective relative to individual self-inclusive pronouns may reflect that media news is a public rather than private domain. The reversed pattern among self-exclusive pronouns corroborates suggestions that outgroup derogation is most pronounced at the category level. Implications for research on language and social psychology are discussed.

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2014. Vol. 45, no 2, p. 103-111
Keyword [en]
pronouns in social categorization, language bias, intergroup bias, self-serving bias, latent semantic analysis, implicit attitudes
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310550DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000165ISI: 000333428500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-310550DiVA: diva2:1057526
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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