Professor Miles Hewstone of Oxford University will give the final talk in the 2004 School of Psychology Seminar Series: Friday the 12th of November at 3pm, room 302 of the McElwain Building.
Intergroup contact and sectarian attitudes in Northern Ireland
This seminar explores the nature of contact between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland and its relationship to sectarian attitudes. Building on the 'contact hypothesis' (Allport, 1954),
'intergroup anxiety' (Stephan & Stephan, 1985) and 'intergroup emotion theory' (Smith & Mackie, 2002) I report extensive data showing that intergroup emotions (anxiety, positive and negative emotions, empathy/perspective taking) mediate the effects of contact on multiple outcomes (attitudes, trust, and forgiveness). Moreover, these effects are moderated by the extent to which contact is
'intergroup', i.e. participants are aware of their respective group memberships during contact. A differentiated approach to intergroup emotions contributes greatly to understanding how intergroup contact works, extends work focused solely on intergroup anxiety, and increases our understanding of the nature of intergroup conflict.
Image Source: Oxford University, Psychology Department Web Site 5/11/2004.