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“We see a clear association across 27 countries. The greater the societal inequality is, the greater is the average social dominance orientation (SDO) among members of the dominant group in the country," says first-author Jonas Kunst.
“What we see is a self-fulfilling process where greater societal inequality motivates the group at the top to use even violent means to maintain such inequality. This, in turn, may lead to even more inequality and even extremist violence. This results in a vicious circle,” says the senior author of the study, Lotte Thomsen.

2017.05.08 | Research news

The Vicious Circle of Inequality

Large study across 27 countries and 30 US states demonstrates the association between unequal and unstable societies and their populations’ motives for social dominance. Ethnic persecution of immigrants, sexism, racism and corruption are some of the many negative consequences.

Immigrants are not a source of infection. It is on the subconscious level that the immune system misinterprets differences as a potential sign of infection—the consequence being that hypersensitive individuals avoid interaction with immigrants. Photo: Shutterstock
The graph shows the effects of disgust sensitivity on contact with immigrants compared to political ideology, income and education.

2017.05.04 | Research news

The immune system may explain skepticism towards immigrants

There is a strong correlation between our fear of infection and our skepticism towards immigrants. New cross-national research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University explains why political discussions of immigration are so heated and why integration often fails.

It can be a cause for concern when dominant leaders emerge on the world stage. Behind the dominant leader stands a public who wants to escalate conflicts aggressively.

2017.03.21 | Research news

When people prepare for conflict, dominant leaders take the stage

New research from Aarhus BSS shows that support for dominant politicians comes from those who favour solving the country’s problems using aggression.

Children with older mothers thrive better. Photo: Colourbox

2017.03.21 | Research news, Aarhus BSS

Children with older mothers thrive better

The average maternal age has increased steadily for the past many years - and that is actually not so bad. New research from Aarhus BSS shows that older mothers are less likely to punish and scold their children while raising them, and that the children have fewer behavioural, social and emotional difficulties.

How do deadlines affect the amount of money donated for e.g. emergency aid via email and text messages?

2017.03.12 | Research news

Longer deadlines make people donate more money

We become more generous in relation to donating money for e.g. emergency aid via email and text messages if we do not feel (too) pressured to donate right away. But deadlines in themselves do not make more people donate money. This is the result of a new study from Aarhus BSS.

2017.03.12 | Research news

Reminder emails increase the number of donations, but…

New research shows that reminder emails make more people donate money to charity. But the extra email also causes a significantly higher number of people to unsubscribe from the mailing list, which can reduce donations by up to a third over the long run. However, the number of unsubscriptions can be reduced by simple means.

René Rohrbeck. Photo: Julia Rolsted Stacey.

2017.03.01 | Research news

René Rohrbeck takes up post as professor

On 30 March, René Rohrbeck will hold his inaugural lecture and consolidate his affiliation with the Department of Management. His lecture is entitled “What can firms do today to build a superior position in markets of tomorrow?”

There is currently no legal basis for declaring weapons systems with autonomous attack capabilities illegal under international law, research shows.

2017.01.17 | Research news

Researcher: War robots are not illegal

New legal research concludes that weapons systems with autonomous attack capabilities capable of selecting and engaging a target without human interference are not illegal in and of themselves. However, a political decision should be made regarding their use, says the researcher.

2017.01.11 | Research news

An annual relationship check-up improves your relationship

Should we all attend annual relationship check-ups just like we pay annual visits to the dentist? It seems like we should. The longer you have been in a relationship, the less satisfied you are - and at some point, almost half of all marriages will end in divorce. New research shows that a relationship check-up may improve the quality of your…

A number of factors can be adjusted in order to make the Keyhole label even more visible to consumers.

2016.12.21 | Research news

Research: How to make the Keyhole nutrition label more effective

Researchers have explored how the Keyhole nutrition label can win the struggle for the consumers’ attention. The recommendations are clear.

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