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Increasing outgroup trust, reducing infrahumanization, and enhancing future contact intentions via imagined intergroup contact

Increasing outgroup trust, reducing infrahumanization, and enhancing future contact intentions via imagined intergroup contact

Vezzali, Loris, Capozza, Dora, Stathi, Sofia and Giovannini, Dino (2011) Increasing outgroup trust, reducing infrahumanization, and enhancing future contact intentions via imagined intergroup contact. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48 (1). pp. 437-440. ISSN 0022-1031 (doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2011.09.008)

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Abstract

The present study was designed to test whether imagined intergroup contact (Crisp & Turner, 2009) affects attributions of human emotions to outgroup members and positive behavioral intentions toward the outgroup via increased outgroup trust. Italian fourth-graders took part in a three-week intervention, where they were asked to imagine meeting an unknown immigrant child in various social settings. One week after the last session, they were administered the dependent measures. Results revealed an indirect effect of imagined contact on both behavioral intentions and attributions of uniquely human emotions to outgroup members via outgroup trust. The theoretical and practical implications are discussed, and an integration of the imagined contact and infrahumanization literature is suggested.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Available online 24 September 2011. Published in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Volume 48, Issue 1, January 2012.
Uncontrolled Keywords: imagined intergroup contact, indirect contact, intergroup relations, infrahumanization, outgroup trust, intergroup behavioral intentions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:18
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7336

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