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Using mental imagery to promote positive intergroup relations

Using mental imagery to promote positive intergroup relations

Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239 (2012) Using mental imagery to promote positive intergroup relations. In: Russell, Daniel W. and Russell, Cristel Antonia, (eds.) Psychology of Prejudice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Contemporary Issues. NOVA, pp. 235-250. ISBN 978-1620816066

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In this chapter we outline a new technique for tackling prejudicial attitudes and promoting more positive intergroup relations. Imagined intergroup contact (Crisp and Turner, 2009) is a simple, inexpensive and effective technique for changing the negative attitudes that different groups hold about one another. It represents both a novel experimental paradigm for investigating the impacts of social contact, as well as a flexible and effective tool for challenging the deep-rooted antipathies that can characterize relations in conflict settings. We describe the theoretical basis for the imagined contact effects, report emerging empirical support, and provide a practical guide for the application of the technique in varied contexts of conflict, discrimination and prejudice. Finally, we discuss how it can be integrated with existing interventions that target intergroup attitudes and behavior to provide maximally effective strategies for improving intergroup relations.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prejudice, contact, positive contact
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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