Preference for hierarchy is related to the motivation to feel less empathy and more schadenfreude towards low status people

In three studies we show that higher levels of social dominance orientation (SDO) is related to the desire and choice to feel less empathy and schadenfreude toward low-status targets.

The Connection between Hierarchy Preferences and (Counter-)Empathic Responding

Emerging Scholars Presentation at NYU and Princeton

The Relationship between Believing in an Unequal Society and Feeling (Counter-)Empathy

Presentation within the symposium 'Empathy Interventions: Who, What, When, and How?'

Preference for hierarchy is associated with reduced empathy and increased counter-empathy towards others, especially out-group targets

SDO is negatively related to empathy and positively related to counter-empathy in general. When group boundaries are made salient, the relationship between SDO, empathy, and schadenfreude become stronger for out-group targets, even in a novel groups paradigm and only when groups are competing.

Social Dominance Theory and Power Comparison

This chapter extends classic social comparison research to explain how people think about group-based hierarchies and how they act within them.

The Theory of Gendered Prejudice: A Social Dominance and Intersectionalist Perspective

Using the theoretical frameworks of evolutionary psychology and social dominance theory (SDT), this chapter offers an alternative understanding of the intersectional entanglement of racism and sexism. This chapter introduces the theory of gendered prejudice, a derivative of SDT, and posits that a satisfactory account of racism, or what social dominance theorists generalize as “arbitrary-set” oppression, is a deeply gendered phenomenon.