Nice and easy does it: How perceptual fluency moderates the effectiveness of imagined contact

West, Keon and Bruckmüller, Susanne. 2013. Nice and easy does it: How perceptual fluency moderates the effectiveness of imagined contact. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49(2), pp. 254-262. ISSN 00221031 [Article]

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Recent research has identified several moderators of the effectiveness of imagined contact — a relatively new prejudice-reducing intervention. However, research to date has not examined the meta-cognitive experience of doing an imagined contact task (independent of the content of the instruction set), or the ways in which this meta-cognitive experience could moderate the task's effectiveness. In two experiments, using a font manipulation, we demonstrated that altering the difficulty of the imagined contact task moderates its effects on prejudice. In both experiments, when the instructions were easy to read, participants who imagined intergroup interactions subsequently reported less prejudice than participants in the control condition. However, when the font was difficult to read participants who imagined intergroup interactions subsequently reported as much prejudice or even more prejudice than participants in a control condition. Implications for imagined contact theory, research and application are discussed.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2012.11.007

Keywords:

Imagined contact; Perceptual fluency; Metacognitive experience; Prejudice; Schizophrenia; Islamophobia

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2013Published

Item ID:

9237

Date Deposited:

29 Oct 2013 22:05

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 13:58

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9237

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