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Finding the faithless: perceived atheist prevalence reduces anti-atheist prejudice.
Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2011 Apr; 37(4):543-56.PS

Abstract

Although prejudice is typically positively related to relative outgroup size, four studies found converging evidence that perceived atheist prevalence reduces anti-atheist prejudice. Study 1 demonstrated that anti-atheist prejudice among religious believers is reduced in countries in which atheists are especially prevalent. Study 2 demonstrated that perceived atheist prevalence is negatively associated with anti-atheist prejudice. Study 3 demonstrated a causal relationship: Reminders of atheist prevalence reduced explicit distrust of atheists. These results appeared distinct from intergroup contact effects. Study 4 demonstrated that prevalence information decreased implicit atheist distrust. The latter two experiments provide the first evidence that mere prevalence information can reduce prejudice against any outgroup. These findings offer insights about anti-atheist prejudice, a poorly understood phenomenon. Furthermore, they suggest both novel directions for future prejudice research and potential interventions that could reduce a variety of prejudices.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. will@psych.ubc.ca

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21343437

Citation

Gervais, Will M.. "Finding the Faithless: Perceived Atheist Prevalence Reduces Anti-atheist Prejudice." Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 37, no. 4, 2011, pp. 543-56.
Gervais WM. Finding the faithless: perceived atheist prevalence reduces anti-atheist prejudice. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2011;37(4):543-56.
Gervais, W. M. (2011). Finding the faithless: perceived atheist prevalence reduces anti-atheist prejudice. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(4), 543-56. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167211399583
Gervais WM. Finding the Faithless: Perceived Atheist Prevalence Reduces Anti-atheist Prejudice. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2011;37(4):543-56. PubMed PMID: 21343437.
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