Can imagined interactions produce positive perceptions? Reducing prejudice through simulated social contact.

@article{Crisp2009CanII,
  title={Can imagined interactions produce positive perceptions? Reducing prejudice through simulated social contact.},
  author={Richard J. Crisp and Rhiannon N. Turner},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2009},
  volume={64 4},
  pages={
          231-40
        }
}
The contact hypothesis states that, under the right conditions, contact between members of different groups leads to more positive intergroup relations. The authors track recent trends in contact theory to the emergence of extended, or indirect, forms of contact. These advances lead to an intriguing proposition: that simply imagining intergroup interactions can produce more positive perceptions of outgroups. The authors discuss empirical research supporting the imagined contact proposition and… 
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