ERIC Number: EJ875634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Reference Count: 11
Have Confidence in Contact
Crisp, Richard J.; Turner, Rhiannon N.
American Psychologist, v65 n2 p133-135 Feb-Mar 2010
In an article in the May-June 2009 "American Psychologist," we discussed a new approach to reducing prejudice and encouraging more positive intergroup relations (Crisp & Turner, 2009). We named the approach imagined intergroup contact and defined it as "the mental simulation of a social interaction with a member or members of an outgroup category" (Crisp & Turner, 2009, p. 234). Our proposition is that simply imagining contact with outgroup members can produce more positive perceptions of outgroups. In his commentary, Honeycutt noted that our "article is excellent in its premise" (p. 129), but he was critical of our decision not to discuss his own work in imagined interactions (IIs). Imagined contact is not a magic cure, and it is not a one-shot solution to the problem of prejudice. But as a first step on the road to reduced prejudice and more positive intergroup relations, it may just turn out to be invaluable.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Imagination, Attitudes, Bias, Attitude Change, Program Effectiveness, Intergroup Relations, Status
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