Challenging the dehumanisation hypothesis

  • Tue 17 Nov 20

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online

    Zoom (email for link)

  • Event speaker

    Dr Harriet Over

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Giulia Poerio

Why are out-group members referred to as nonhuman entities? Find out more from Dr Harriet Over.

Psychological models can only help improve intergroup relations if they accurately characterise the mechanisms underlying discrimination. The claim that outgroups suffer dehumanisation is near ubiquitous in the social sciences.

In this seminar Dr Harriet Over will present a series of theoretical and empirical challenges to the dehumanisation hypothesis. Using historical data she will argue that, even in supposedly prototypical examples of extreme dehumanisation, out-group members are not treated like nonhuman entities.

She will then present experimental data demonstrating that although out-group members may be denied some human qualities and states, they are attributed others. She will end the talk by offering an alternative account of why out-group members are sometimes referred to as nonhuman entities.


Dr Harriet Over is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of York.

How to attend

This seminar will be held on Zoom. To receive a Zoom link please email Dr Giulia Poerio (g.poerio@essex.ac.uk) or Dr Matteo Lisi (m.lisi@essex.ac.uk) with the date and title of the seminar you wish to attention.