Examining the effects of I-sharing for future white-black interactions


Journal Article

© 2016 Hogrefe Publishing. Research shows that I-sharing, or sharing subjective experiences with an outgroup member, positively shapes attitudes toward that outgroup member. We investigated whether this type of social experience would also promote a positive interracial interaction with a novel outgroup member. Results showed that White and Black participants who I-shared with a racial outgroup member (vs. I-sharing with a racial ingroup member) expressed more liking toward that outgroup member. However, I-sharing with an outgroup member did not reduce anxious behavior in a future social interaction with a novel racial outgroup member. Therefore, although sharing subjective experiences may increase liking toward one individual from a racial outgroup, it remains to be seen whether this positive experience can influence behaviors in future interactions with other racial outgroup members. Future directions are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gaither, SE; Remedios, JD; Schultz, JR; Maddox, KB; Sommers, SR

Published Date

  • May 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 125 - 135

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2151-2590

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1864-9335

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1027/1864-9335/a000264

Citation Source

  • Scopus