Perspective-taking mediates the imagined contact effect

Shenel Husnu*, Richard J. Crisp

*Corresponding author for this work

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We investigated the potential for mental imagery to reduce intergroup bias in Cyprus, an island that has suffered from interethnic tension for over 40 years. Seventy-three Turkish Cypriots were asked to imagine a scenario in which they interacted with Greek Cypriots, compared to those imagining an outdoor scene. Subsequently, participants in the imagined contact condition reported more positive outgroup evaluations. Mediational analysis showed this relationship was explained by increased levels of perspective-taking. The findings highlight theoretical and practical possibilities for future imagined contact research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Early online date3 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


  • Cyprus
  • imagined contact
  • intergroup relations
  • perspective taking


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