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Can imagined interactions produce positive perceptions? Reducing prejudice through simulated social contact.
The authors discuss empirical research supporting the imagined contact proposition and find it to be an approach that is at once deceptively simple and remarkably effective in encouraging more positive intergroup relations. Expand
Imagining Intergroup Contact Can Improve Intergroup Attitudes
We investigated whether simply imagining contact with outgroup members can improve intergroup attitudes. In Experiment 1, young participants who imagined talking to an elderly person subsequentlyExpand
Reducing implicit racial preferences: I. A comparative investigation of 17 interventions.
Eight of 17 interventions were effective at reducing implicit preferences for Whites compared with Blacks, particularly ones that provided experience with counterstereotypical exemplars, used evaluative conditioning methods, and provided strategies to override biases. Expand
Reducing explicit and implicit outgroup prejudice via direct and extended contact: The mediating role of self-disclosure and intergroup anxiety.
Theoretical and practical implications of the findings argue for the inclusion of self-disclosure as a key component of social interventions to reduce prejudice, as exposure to the outgroup positively predicted implicit outgroup attitude. Expand
A test of the extended intergroup contact hypothesis: the mediating role of intergroup anxiety, perceived ingroup and outgroup norms, and inclusion of the outgroup in the self.
This article documents the first test of Wright et al.'s model, which used structural equation modeling among two independent samples in the context of South Asian-White relations in the United Kingdom, and indicates that the four mediators operate concurrently rather than predicting one another. Expand
Cognitive adaptation to the experience of social and cultural diversity.
It is suggested that experiencing diversity that challenges expectations may not only encourage greater tolerance but also have benefits beyond intergroup relations to varied aspects of psychological functioning. Expand
Imagining intergroup contact reduces implicit prejudice.
This research examined the impact of contact-related mental imagery on implicit prejudice as measured by the implicit association test and found that, relative to a control condition, young participants who imagined talking to an elderly stranger subsequently showed more positive implicit attitudes towards elderly people in general. Expand
Reducing prejudice via direct and extended cross-group friendship
One of the most exciting developments in intergroup contact theory is the idea that a certain type of contact, cross-group friendship, might be particularly effective at reducing prejudice. In thisExpand
"Changing attitudes with a little imagination": Imagined contact effects on young children"s intergroup bias
The current research tested a recent development in social psy- chology, namely "imagined contact", among young children (n = 123, 5 to 10 years). Children imagined interacting with a physicallyExpand
Imagined Intergroup Contact: Theory, Paradigm and Practice
In this article, we outline a new implementation of intergroup contact theory: imagined intergroup contact. The approach combines 50 years of research into the effects of contact with recent advancesExpand