The hubris penalty: biased responses to "celebration" displays of black football players

Hall, Erika V and Livingston, Robert W (2012) The hubris penalty: biased responses to "celebration" displays of black football players. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48 (4). pp. 899-904. ISSN 0022-1031

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Abstract

We posit that pride and arrogance are tolerated for high-status group members but are repudiated for low-status group members. Thus, we predict that Blacks, but not Whites, who behave arrogantly will be penalized. Specifically, we investigated the context of penalties against football players for “celebrating” after touchdowns. We propose that such celebrations reflect a racially biased “hubris penalty” because: (1) celebrations are primarily perceived as displays of arrogance (rather than exuberance), and (2) arrogance is penalized for Black but not White players. Three experiments demonstrate that all players who celebrated after touchdowns were perceived as more arrogant than those who did not celebrate. Although celebratory Black and White players were perceived as being equally arrogant, Black players were penalized with lower compensation whereas White players were not. Mediation analyses show that perceived arrogance mediated the effect of celebration on compensation, even when controlling for perceived aggression.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: LEADGroup
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 07:11
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 12:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44730
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