Awe and Stereotypes: Examining Awe as an Intervention against Stereotypical Media Portrayals of African Americans

Katherine R. Dale, Sophie H. Janicke-Bowles, Arthur A. Raney, Mary Beth Oliver, Laura Kate Huse, Jacob Lopez, Abigail Reed, Jonmichael Seibert, Danyang Zhao

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Abstract

Previous research has shown the harmful effects of stereotypical messages on viewers, including increased negative attitudes toward outgroup members. In contrast, positive or counter-stereotypical portrayals can lead to less prejudiced attitudes toward outgroup members; however, these kinds of portrayals are not always easy to come by. As a result, alternative methods for combating the effects of stereotypical messages are necessary. The current study examined the ability of self-transcendent emotions, specifically awe, to reduce the negative effects of stereotypical portrayals of African American men. Contrary to expectations, results showed that participants who watched an awe-inducing video before a stereotypical video reported more negative explicit attitudes toward African Americans compared to those in control conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-707
Number of pages9
JournalCommunication Studies
Volume71
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 7 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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