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Fading affect bias in intergroup relations: The role of intergroup contact in fading outgroup affect

Fading affect bias in intergroup relations: The role of intergroup contact in fading outgroup affect

Birtel, Michèle D. ORCID: 0000-0002-2383-9197, Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio and Vezzali, Loris (2021) Fading affect bias in intergroup relations: The role of intergroup contact in fading outgroup affect. Social Psychology, 52 (4). pp. 203-214. ISSN 1864-9335 (Print), 2151-2590 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000449)

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Abstract

Negative affect associated with autobiographical events fades faster over time than positive affect. This Fading Affect Bias (FAB) has been established in the individual and interpersonal domains. Two studies tested the FAB in intergroup relations with Muslims (N= 76 White British non-Muslim) and opposite gender (N = 242 women and men) as target outgroups. The results indicated that the FAB exists in an intergroup context, for both ingroup and outgroup memories. Mediation analyses showed that intergroup contact is related to a lower fading of positive affect associated with the outgroup memory, through greater memory strength and a more positive outgroup member evaluation. The findings are important for understanding affect associated with intergroup memories and the buffering effect of positive contact.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fading affect bias, intergroup relations, prejudice, affect, memory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 08:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/32865

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