Some comments on… ‘the measurement of social orientations in the minimal group paradigm’


  • John C. Turner

    1. Department of Psychology, University of Bristol, 8-70 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HH, England
    Current affiliation:
    1. School of Behavioural Sciences, Maquarie University, North Ryde, N.S.W. 2113, Australia
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Bornstein et al.(1983) employ both argument and evidence to suggest that the Tajfel matrices are an inadequate measure of intergroup behaviour in the social categorization paradigm. These comments reject their criticisms, point out the potentially misleading confoundings between strategies embodied in their own measurement technique, and show that once these confoundings are taken into account, the results of their two experiments are comparable to those normally obtained by the Tajfel matrices. Some misunderstandings about the role of the MD strategy are also corrected.