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Using nostalgia to reduce prejudice toward immigrants

Using nostalgia to reduce prejudice toward immigrants

Gravani, Maria, Soureti, Anastasia and Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239 (2017) Using nostalgia to reduce prejudice toward immigrants. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (2). O168-O174. ISSN 0046-2772 (Print), 1099-0992 (Online) (doi:

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Based on research that points to nostalgia as a means of warding off stigmatization, this study suggests that nostalgia triggered by a past encounter with a close immigrant from the in-group can improve attitudes toward out-group immigrants. Focusing on immigration in Greece, 99 university students (M = 23.06, SD = 5.44) participated in the study. Participants who were induced with nostalgia reported higher social connectedness, inclusion of the out-group in the self, out-group trust, and positive out-group attitude compared with participants in the control condition. The aforementioned findings demonstrated that the positive effects of nostalgia about a close in-group member (in this case, a Greek person), who shares an identity with the out-group (being an immigrant), can generalize to the out-group as a whole (immigrants in general). Further implications and future directions on the use of nostalgia as a means of improving attitudes are addressed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nostalgia, prejudice reduction, immigrants, inclusion of outgroup in the self.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2018 01:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT c
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