When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality

  title={When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality},
  author={Michael Lacour and Donald P. Green},
  pages={1366 - 1369}
Can a single conversation change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage? A randomized placebo-controlled trial assessed whether gay (n = 22) or straight (n = 19) messengers were effective at encouraging voters (n = 972) to support same-sex marriage and whether attitude change persisted and spread to others in voters’ social networks. The results, measured by an unrelated panel survey, show that both gay and straight canvassers produced large effects initially, but only gay… 
The Role of Selection Effects in the Contact Hypothesis: Results from a U.S. National Survey on Sexual Prejudice
Effect of contact on attitudes toward formal rights and a relatively unexplored dimension, informal privileges, found no significant differences between the attitudes of those who had contact and those who did not, for either formal or informal measures.
Science, sexuality, and civil rights: Does research on the causes of homosexuality have a political impact?
Does learning that homosexuality is innate tend to increase a person’s support for gay rights? While there is no doubt that the “born gay” belief and support for gay rights are correlated, scholars
Gay Acquaintanceship and Attitudes toward Homosexuality: A Conservative Test
Does acquaintanceship with gays and lesbians produce more accepting attitudes toward homosexuality and gay rights? Although most scholars and laypeople would likely answer in the affirmative,
Comment on “The Role of Selection Effects in the Contact Hypothesis: Results from a U.S. National Survey on Sexual Prejudice” by Loehr, Doan, and Miller (2015)
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The lead article by Loehr, Doan, and Miller (2015) in this issue is a very nice empirical study on sexual prejudice in the United States, but references to the LaCour and Green study should not be faulted for citing an article published in a prestigious peerreviewed Journal.
Durably reducing transphobia: A field experiment on door-to-door canvassing
It is shown that a single approximately 10-minute conversation encouraging actively taking the perspective of others can markedly reduce prejudice for at least 3 months, and this potential is illustrated with a door-to-door canvassing intervention in South Florida targeting antitransgender prejudice.
Whither Now, Opinion Modelers?
The current status and potential directions of development of agent-based models of social opinion dynamics are described and certain promising directions for development are pointed out.
Field experiments across the social sciences
Using field experiments, scholars can identify causal effects via randomization while studying people and groups in their naturally occurring contexts. In light of renewed interest in field
Replication and Research Integrity in Criminology: Introduction to the Special Issue
Imagine growing up in a family where every statement you make is called into question by the other family members. Perhaps such families exist but they would likely be considered “dysfunctional.”
Department of Corrections.
The editors of Science retracted a study that described how attitudes toward the marriage of same-sex couples could be changed after brief, face-to-face conversations with individuals who had a personal stake in the issue after further scrutiny revealed irregularities.
Social Information and Political Action in Honduras and Ghana
Author(s): Hughes, Douglas Alexander | Advisor(s): Fowler, James H | Abstract: Existing research argues for one of two sides of a dichotomy. Either, individuals' social connections shape behavior


A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization
Results from a randomized controlled trial of political mobilization messages delivered to 61 million Facebook users during the 2010 US congressional elections show that the messages directly influenced political self-expression, information seeking and real-world voting behaviour of millions of people.
A meta-analytic test of intergroup contact theory.
The meta-analysis finds that intergroup contact typically reduces intergroup prejudice, and this result suggests that contact theory, devised originally for racial and ethnic encounters, can be extended to other groups.
Fifty-odd years of inter-group contact: from hypothesis to integrated theory.
It is concluded that this body of work no longer merits the modest title of 'hypothesis', but fully deserves acknowledgement as an integrated and influential theory.
Is Voting Contagious? Evidence from Two Field Experiments
Members of the same household share similar voting behaviors on average, but how much of this correlation can be attributed to the behavior of the other person in the household? Disentangling and
The extended contact effect: Knowledge of cross-group friendships and prejudice.
The extended contact hypothesis proposes that knowledge that an in-group member has a close relationship with an out-group member can lead to more positive intergroup attitudes. Proposed mechanisms
How Quickly We Forget: The Duration of Persuasion Effects From Mass Communication
Scholars do not usually test for the duration of the effects of mass communication, but when they do, they typically find rapid decay. Persuasive impact may end almost as soon as communication ends.
How Large and Long-lasting Are the Persuasive Effects of Televised Campaign Ads? Results from a Randomized Field Experiment
We report the results of the first large-scale experiment involving paid political advertising. During the opening months of a 2006 gubernatorial campaign, approximately $2 million of television and
Prejudice reduction: what works? A review and assessment of research and practice.
Although some intergroup contact and cooperation interventions appear promising, a much more rigorous and broad-ranging empirical assessment of prejudice-reduction strategies is needed to determine what works.
Effects of Individuating Information on the Generalization Part of Allport's Contact Hypothesis
According to Gordon Allport's contact hypothesis, positive contact with a member of a negatively stereotyped group might ameliorate negative attitudes not only toward the specific member but also
7. Respondent-Driven Sampling: An Assessment of Current Methodology
It is indicated that the convenience sample of seeds can induce bias, and the number of sample waves typically used in RDS is likely insufficient for the type of nodal mixing required to obtain the reputed asymptotic unbiasedness.