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Title: Computer-mediated communication and the reduction of prejudice: A controlled longitudinal field experiment among Jews and Arabs in Israel
Authors: Walther, Joseph Bart
Hoter, Elaine
Ganayem, Asmaa
Shonfeld, Miri
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Communication theories and models
DRNTU::Engineering::Computer science and engineering::Computer applications::Social and behavioral sciences
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Walther, J. B., Hoter, E., Ganayem, A., & Shonfeld, M. (2015). Computer-mediated communication and the reduction of prejudice: A controlled longitudinal field experiment among Jews and Arabs in Israel. Computers in Human Behavior, 52, 550-558.
Series/Report no.: Computers in Human Behavior
Abstract: The promise of computer-mediated communication (CMC) to reduce intergroup prejudice has generated mixed results. Theories of CMC yield alternative and mutually exclusive explanations about mechanisms by which CMC fosters relationships online with potential to ameliorate prejudice. This research tests contact-hypothesis predictions and two CMC theories on multicultural, virtual groups who communicated during a yearlong online course focusing on educational technology. Groups included students from the three major Israeli education sectors—religious Jews, secular Jews, and Muslims—who completed pretest and posttest prejudice measures. Two sets of control subjects who did not participate in virtual groups provided comparative data. An interaction of the virtual groups experience × religious/cultural membership affected prejudice toward different religious/cultural target groups, by reducing prejudice toward the respective outgroups for whom the greatest initial enmity existed. Comparisons of virtual group participants to control subjects further support the influence of the online experience. Correlations between prejudice with group identification and with interpersonal measures differentiate which theoretical processes pertained.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/80900
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/38877
ISSN: 0747-5632
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.08.004
Schools: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Organisations: MOFET Institute
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
Rights: © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-SA license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/).
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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