When Groups Meet

When Groups Meet: the Dynamics of Intergroup Contact (Psychology Press, 2011)

Analysis shows personal contact reduces tension and prejudice
April 28, 2011

Does interacting with other groups reduce prejudice and conflict? Can it be proven? “The answer is yes, it helps, overwhelmingly,” says Thomas F. Pettigrew, social psychology research professor at UC Santa Cruz.

In a new book, When Groups Meet: the Dynamics of Intergroup Contact (Psychology Press, 2011), Pettigrew, and Linda R. Tropp, associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, analyze research that shows how bringing groups together can mitigate prejudice.

intergroup contact theory.




A meta-analytic test of intergroup contact theory.
J Pers Soc Psychol. 2006 May;90(5):751-83.
Pettigrew TF, Tropp LR.
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Terror Management Theory

Terror Management Theory

… was developed to explain the motivational underpinnings of phenomena such as self-esteem defense and prejudice.

The theory posits that to manage the potential for terror engendered by the awareness of mortality, humans sustain faith in worldviews which provide a sense that they are significant beings in an enduring, meaningful world rather than mere material animals fated only to obliteration upon death.

in: Chapter 19: Terror Management Theory
Jeff Greenberg and Jamie Arndt
Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology: Volume One
edited by Paul A M Van Lange, Arie W Kruglanski, E Tory Higgins
SAGE Publications.


The Weight Of A Med Student’s Subconscious Bias

The Weight Of A Med Student’s Subconscious Bias
May 23, 2013

More than a third of medical students in a North Carolina study had a bias against obese people, and most of those who have such a bias are unaware of it.

Harvard’s Implicit Association Test on weight.

“If doctors assume obese patients are lazy or lack willpower, they will be less likely to spend time counseling patients about lifestyle changes they could make”

Keyword: prejudice against the obese, obesity

more on prejudice against the obese in:
Chapter 1. Introducing Social Psychology
Myers, D. G. (2012). Social psychology (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.