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Intergroup Contact as an Agent of Cognitive Liberalization

Hodson, G.; Crisp, R.J.; Meleady, R.; Earle, M.

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Authors

G. Hodson

R. Meleady

M. Earle



Abstract

Intergroup contact is widely recognized as one of the most validated methods of improving attitudes toward out-groups. Yet what is intergroup contact “good for” beyond this function? To answer this question we take a panoramic view of the literature, beginning with the recognition that contact is multifaceted in both form (e.g., face-to-face, indirect, simulated) and outcome (e.g., attitudes, cognition, behavior). Taking this highly inclusive view of what contact is and what contact does suggests that it plays a fundamental role in the shaping of human cognition. An increasingly diverse body of research demonstrates that contact exerts a generalizing reaction across target out-groups, making respondents less inward looking and more open to experiences. Contact shapes ideology regarding how the world ought to operate (i.e., ideologies about social hierarchy or regulation); over time, it can promote new ways of problem-solving, enhance cognitive flexibility, and foster creativity. For these reasons, we believe that contact is a key liberalizing agent that shapes human cognition and experience; consequently, contact theory should now share the stage with other prominent theories (e.g., cognitive dissonance) that speak to a broader understanding of human nature.

Citation

Hodson, G., Crisp, R., Meleady, R., & Earle, M. (2018). Intergroup Contact as an Agent of Cognitive Liberalization. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13(5), 523-548. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691617752324

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 12, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2018
Publication Date Sep 30, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 18, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 19, 2017
Journal Perspectives on Psychological Science
Print ISSN 1745-6916
Electronic ISSN 1745-6924
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 5
Pages 523-548
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691617752324

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Hodson, G., Crisp, R. J., Meleady, R. & Earle, M. (2018). Intergroup Contact as an Agent of Cognitive Liberalization. Perspectives on Psychological Science 13(5): 523-548. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.







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