Perspective-taking increases willingness to engage in intergroup contact

Ku, G and Wang, C S and Tai, K and Galinsky, A D (2014) Perspective-taking increases willingness to engage in intergroup contact. PLoS ONE, 9. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

The current research explored whether perspective-taking increases willingness to engage in contact with stereotyped outgroup members. Across three studies, we find that perspective-taking increases willingness to engage in contact with negatively-stereotyped targets. In Study 1, perspective-takers sat closer to, whereas stereotype suppressors sat further from, a hooligan compared to control participants. In Study 2, individual differences in perspective-taking tendencies predicted individuals' willingness to engage in contact with a hooligan, having effects above and beyond those of empathic concern. Finally, Study 3 demonstrated that perspective-taking's effects on intergroup contact extend to the target's group (i.e., another homeless man), but not to other outgroups (i.e., a man of African descent). Consistent with other perspective-taking research, our findings show that perspective-taking facilitates the creation of social bonds by increasing contact with stereotyped outgroup members.

Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085681
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 18:51
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 10:42
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/6

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