Crossing the divide: promoting confidence in contact in a diverse world

Thu 12 Sep 2019, 18:30 - 19:45

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

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Joint British Academy/British Psychological Society Lecture

Positive interactions with members of different groups can improve intergroup relations and change the way we think about the world. Yet people often fail to engage in such interactions. To navigate the diverse environment in which we live, it is important to develop skills and beliefs that will enable positive cross-group relationships. This talk will highlight some of the many benefits of engaging in intergroup contact and discuss interventions that can help to make people more confident in, and in turn more likely to successfully engage in, successful interactions with people from different backgrounds.

Speaker: Professor Rhiannon Turner, Director of Research in the School of Psychology; Director in the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations, Queen’s University Belfast

Rhiannon Turner is Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations at Queen’s University Belfast. She undertakes research on intergroup relations, with a specific focus on how intergroup contact can be used as a tool to change intergroup attitudes and behaviours.

Chair: Professor Dominic Abrams FBA, Professor of Social Psychology; Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, University of Kent

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