Project Title

Using Software to Increase Perspective Taking and Reduce Implicit Prejudice

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Matthew P. Winslow

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Perspective taking has been shown to reduce implicit prejudice in previous

research. Todd, Bodenhausen, Richeson, & Galinsky (2011) found that IAT

scores were reduced after participants wrote stories about a typical day in the life

of an African American, if they were told to take the perspective of the target

person when writing the story. We partially replicated this finding. We also

introduced a computer-based game designed to increase perspective-taking

ability. Participants who played the game and were told to take the perspective of

the target person when writing the story demonstrated less implicit prejudice than

participants who wrote stories from an objective perspective or played a control

game. These results bolster research on the power of perspective taking to

reduce prejudice and demonstrate the efficacy of the perspective-taking training

game.

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Poster Number

76

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Using Software to Increase Perspective Taking and Reduce Implicit Prejudice

Perspective taking has been shown to reduce implicit prejudice in previous

research. Todd, Bodenhausen, Richeson, & Galinsky (2011) found that IAT

scores were reduced after participants wrote stories about a typical day in the life

of an African American, if they were told to take the perspective of the target

person when writing the story. We partially replicated this finding. We also

introduced a computer-based game designed to increase perspective-taking

ability. Participants who played the game and were told to take the perspective of

the target person when writing the story demonstrated less implicit prejudice than

participants who wrote stories from an objective perspective or played a control

game. These results bolster research on the power of perspective taking to

reduce prejudice and demonstrate the efficacy of the perspective-taking training

game.