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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (4): 672-681.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00672

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Confronting prejudice: A social behavior as a strategy of prejudice reduction

CHENG Yongjia1,2; YANG Liping1   

  1. (1 School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China) (2 School of Education, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007, China)
  • Received:2016-05-04 Online:2017-04-15 Published:2017-04-15
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Confronting prejudice is a social behavior adopted by prejudice targets and bystanders in order to express their dissatisfaction. This social behavior can reduce the level of prejudice of the perpetrating group and contribute to the establishment of anti-prejudice social norms. It is an effective strategy to reduce prejudice. Research on confronting prejudice can be divided into two aspects, i.e. the effect of confronting prejudice and the confronting prejudice behavior. The former focuses on the action mechanism, specific effect and factors affecting confronting prejudice, using material and experimental research paradigms; while the later focuses on the occurrence mechanism and factors affecting the confronting prejudice behavior, using retrospective, real-time recording and prospective research paradigms. Future research should pay much more attention to the comprehensive use of research paradigms and improvement of ecological validity to facilitate the organic combination of the research on the effect and behaviors of confronting prejudice. It would also be useful to explore the neurophysiologic mechanism and effective strategies for confronting prejudice in the future.

Key words: confronting prejudice, effect of confronting prejudice, confronting prejudice behavior, prejudice reduction