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Counter-stereotypes reduce emotional intergroup bias by eliciting surprise in the face of unexpected category combinations.

Prati, Francesca and Crisp, Richard J. and Rubini, Monica (2015) 'Counter-stereotypes reduce emotional intergroup bias by eliciting surprise in the face of unexpected category combinations.', Journal of experimental social psychology., 61 . pp. 31-43.

Abstract

In three experiments we investigated the impact that exposure to counter-stereotypes has on emotional reactions to outgroups. In Experiment 1, thinking about gender counter-stereotypes attenuated stereotyped emotions toward females and males. In Experiment 2, an immigrant counterstereotype attenuated stereotyped emotions toward this outgroup and reduced dehumanization tendencies. Experiment 3 replicated these results using an alternative measure of humanization. In both Experiments 2 and 3 sequential meditational analysis revealed that counter-stereotypes produced feelings of surprise which, in turn, elicited a cognitive process of expectancy violation which resulted in attenuated stereotyped emotions and an enhanced use of uniquely human characteristics to describe the outgroup. The findings extend research supporting the usefulness of counter-stereotype exposure for reducing prejudice and highlight its positive impact on intergroup emotions.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2015.06.004
Publisher statement:© 2015 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Date accepted:20 June 2015
Date deposited:04 June 2018
Date of first online publication:27 June 2015
Date first made open access:No date available

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