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ERIC Number: EJ875638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
Reasons for Skepticism about the Efficacy of Simulated Social Contact Interventions
Bigler, Rebecca S.; Hughes, Julie Milligan
American Psychologist, v65 n2 p132-133 Feb-Mar 2010
This article presents the authors' comments on Crisp and Turner (May-June 2009), who argued that imagining intergroup interactions reduces intergroup prejudice. They argued that the procedure is remarkably effective, with "significant potential application for policymakers and educators seeking to promote tolerance for social diversity" (p. 238).The authors believe that such interventions, although appealing to many individuals, are problematic and that the authors' conclusions are overly optimistic. They also believe that simulated contact interventions are highly unlikely to produce meaningful attitude change. In sum, the authors are deeply skeptical about the ability of imagined contact interventions to reduce prejudice. A single, brief, imaginary encounter with an outgroup member is unlikely to reverse or erase the psychological mechanisms that create prejudice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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