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.
Intergroup contact, outgroups, stereotypes
Organizational Behavior and Theory | Social Psychology
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
WANG, Cynthia S.; TAI, Kenneth; KU, Gillian; and GALINSKY, Adam D..
Perspective-Taking and Willingness to Engage in Intergroup Contact. (2014). PLOS One. 9, (1), e85681-1-8. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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