ERIC Number: EJ875635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Honeycutt, James M.
American Psychologist, v65 n2 p129-130 Feb-Mar 2010
Social scientists have been studying imagined interactions since the mid-1980s and have measured numerous physiological correlates (Honeycutt, 2010). In this commentary I assess the research reported in Crisp and Turner (May-June 2009) and highlight the underlying mechanisms of imagined interactions that have empirically been laid out across Thailand, Japan, and the United States through confirmatory factor analyses (e.g., McCann & Honeycutt, 2006). The research in imagined interactions has been so extensive that "II" is a common acronym for the construct. Crisp and Turner's (2009) article is excellent in its premise that prejudice may be ameliorated through IIs. I agree with their contention that "imagined contact is . . . an exciting prospect because it provides a simple, flexible, and effective means of promoting more positive perceptions". Continued research on IIs is needed to further our understanding of conflict persistence, whether individuals can be taught to utilize IIs in a constructive manner for the purpose of creating quality relationships, and how IIs are used to adjust to life events. Interpersonal communication is informed by a better understanding of intrapersonal processes affecting daily experiences.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Scientists, Factor Analysis, Imagination, Interpersonal Communication, Social Cognition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; Thailand; United States