Stiff, C and Kedra, P (2018) Playing Well With Others: The Role of Opponent and Intergroup Anxiety in the Reduction of Prejudice Through Collaborative Video Game Play. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 9 (1). pp. 105-115. ISSN 2160-4142

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Recent work on the social effects of video gaming has moved away from the view they are detrimental, and has instead demonstrated how they may be a force for good. One example is how collaborative intergroup play can reduce prejudice between groups. However, this literature is at a nascent stage, and many of the intricacies of such a mechanism are unknown. Previous work has predominantly used attitude scales and ignored other measures. Factors such as the role of the opponent in games and what may be the mechanism behind any effects has likewise received little attention. In this laboratory study, participants played collaborative games with an outgroup member, or alone. Their opponent was also reported to be computer-controlled, or controlled by another person. Following play, intergroup anxiety was reported, and participants wrote a short passage of prose regarding the outgroup as well as rating on attitude scales. Analysis demonstrated that playing with outgroup members was indeed an effective method of increase the positivity towards outgroup members, reflected in both scale and prose measures. Anxiety was also found to be a significant mediator; however it was less clear whether a human opponent moderated any effects. Further ideas of how these findings could be developed are then discussed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: videogames, prejudice, intergroup, anxiety, contact
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 12:57
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2021 08:38

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