This dissertation investigates whether moral judgments regarding other groups’ character, behaviour, and attitudes affect
prejudice and discriminatory intentions against these groups. Whether these relations are due to changes in moral emotions
is also studied throughout this dissertation. The findings indicate that morality-related stereotypes have a strong impact
on prejudice, social distance, and discriminatory intentions towards various groups: individuals infected with HIV, Muslims
in the Netherlands, bankers, and Romanian migrant workers. These relations are mediated by moral emotions such as contempt
and (decreased) pity. The focus on moral emotions also helped to explain the relation between attributions of blame and social
rejection of obese individuals. A final line of studies investigated the role of value threats and moral value violations.
Findings show that when people belief that other groups threaten or violate important moral values they are also likely to
punish or exclude members of those groups. Again, these effects could be explained by the emotions people reported when thinking
about those groups. This dissertation thus shows that the inclusion of moral judgments and moral emotions provides a better
understanding of the processes that lead to rejection of stigmatized groups.
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