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Goldenberg et al., 2018: Learning that groups can change and taking different perspectives when understanding conflict improved attitudes and conciliatory behavior towards Palestinians among Israeli Jews over 6 months

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Summary:

Extending Halperin et al. (2011), Israeli Jews took part in a 5-hour workshop that encouraged them to view groups in general as capable of change (not focusing on the local Israeli-Palestinian conflict) and emphasized the role leaders have in identifying and amplifying such change. As compared to a control condition taught skills to cope with stress leaders often encounter, the group malleability intervention improved attitudes toward Palestinians, increased hope for a better shared future, and increased conciliatory behavior toward Palestinians over a 6-month period of intense intergroup conflict. A second intervention, focused on the value of perspective-taking in conflicts in general, produced similar but if anything smaller benefits.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Other People and Groups

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Changing beliefs about social groups and group conflict

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Psychological Question Addressed

Can groups change?Can groups change?

Psychological Question Addressed

Can groups change?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Can groups change?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018