Negative Intergroup Contact Makes Group Memberships Salient: Explaining Why Intergroup Conflict Endures

  title={Negative Intergroup Contact Makes Group Memberships Salient: Explaining Why Intergroup Conflict Endures},
  author={Stefania Paolini and Jake Harwood and Mark Rubin},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1723 - 1738}
Drawing from the intergroup contact model and self-categorization theory, the authors advanced the novel hypothesis of a valence-salience effect, whereby negative contact causes higher category salience than positive contact. As predicted, in a laboratory experiment of interethnic contact, White Australians (N = 49) made more frequent and earlier reference to ethnicity when describing their ethnic contact partner if she had displayed negative (vs. positive, neutral) nonverbal behavior. In a two… Expand

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