Seeing the world through the other’s eye: An online intervention reducing ethnic prejudice

TitleSeeing the world through the other’s eye: An online intervention reducing ethnic prejudice
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsSimonovits, G., Peter Kardos, and Gabor Kezdi
Journal titleAmerican Political Science Review
Year2018
Pages186-193
Volume112
Issue1
Abstract

We report the results of an intervention that targeted anti-Roma sentiment in Hungary using an online perspective-taking game. We evaluated the impact of this intervention using a randomized experiment in which a sample of young adults played this perspective-taking game, or an unrelated online game. Participation in the perspective-taking game markedly reduced prejudice, with an effect-size equivalent to half the difference between voters of the far-right and the center-right party. The effects persisted for at least a month, and, as a byproduct, the intervention also reduced antipathy toward refugees, another stigmatized group in Hungary, and decreased vote intentions for Hungary's overtly racist, far-right party by 10%. Our study offers a proof-of-concept for a general class of interventions that could be adapted to different settings and implemented at low costs.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055417000478
Publisher linkhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-political-science-review/article/seeing-the-world-through-the-others-eye-an-online-intervention-reducing-ethnic-prejudice/5E8284531716D392A0BCC99BB49B76A3
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Department of Political Science
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
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