Project: Apology

Investigating the conditions and variables that influences intergroup apology and forgiveness


Our Study

In recent years, it has become increasingly common for governments and political groups to redress historical harms by providing official public apologies. Despite the growing prominence of intergroup apologies in social and political life, there is little empirical evidence to suggest that apologies succeed in promoting reconciliation between groups. In our studies, we are interested in finding conditions under which intergroup apologies are effective in promoting forgiveness and reconciliation. In particular, we focus on socio-cognitive perceptions relating to the offending group and how they influence the outcome of intergroup apologies. So far, we have conducted two correlational and three experimental studies and have a few more in the works for 2015-2016.