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Seeing the World Through the Other’s Eye: An Online Intervention Reducing Ethnic Prejudice

Seeing the World Through the Other’s Eye: An Online Intervention Reducing Ethnic Prejudice

by Gabor Simonovitis, New York University, Gabor Kezdi, University of Michigan and Peter KardosBloomfield College

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. It, also reduced antipathy toward refugees, another stigmatized group in Hungary and reduced vote intentions for Hungary’s overtly racist, far right party by 10%-points. Importantly, these effects persisted for at least a month, suggesting that our intervention led to genuine attitude change. 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.

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American Political Science ReviewFirst View / Published online: 07 November 2017, pp. 1-8