Dehumanization and mass violence: A study of mental state language in Nazi propaganda (1927-1945)

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Dehumanization which is frequently cited as a precursor to mass violence, but quantitative support for this notion is scarce. The present work provides evidence for this link by examining the dehumanization of Jews in Nazi propaganda. The results paint a nuanced portrait of the temporal dynamics of dehumanization during the Holocaust and provide impetus for further empirical scrutiny of dehumanization in ecologically-valid contexts.

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Alexander P. Landry, Ram I. Orr , Kayla Mere.

Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA, United States 2 Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel 3 Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, United States