Skip to main content

Warmth and Competence in Animals

Author(s): Sevillano, Verónica; Fiske, Susan T.

To refer to this page use:
Abstract: Social-perception dimensions may explain human-animal relationships because animals show intent toward humans (social perception’s warmth dimension) and, consequently, their potential effect on humans is relevant (competence dimension). After reviewing current literature about perceptions of animals’ ascribed intentions and abilities, three studies tested the Stereotype Content Model (Fiske, Cuddy, Glick, & Xu, 2002) and the Behaviors from Intergroup Affect and Stereotypes Map (Cuddy, Fiske, & Glick, 2007) regarding animal targets. Study 1 found a fourcluster SCM structure. Warmth and competence judgments predicted specific emotions and behavioral tendencies toward animals (Study 2). Study 3 supported associations between animals and social groups based on their respective perceived warmth and competence. Taken together, results showed the relevance of SCM dimensions for social perception of animals.
Publication Date: May-2016
Electronic Publication Date: 6-Nov-2015
Citation: Sevillano, Verónica, Fiske, Susan T. (2016). Warmth and competence in animals. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46 (5), 276 - 293. doi:10.1111/jasp.12361
DOI: doi:10.1111/jasp.12361
ISSN: 0021-9029
Pages: 276 - 293
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Version: Author's manuscript

Items in OAR@Princeton are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.