New study highlights the role of cultural variations in the link between religion and prejudice
Regional cultural differences appear to play an important role in moderating the link between religiosity and sexist/anti-gay attitudes, according to new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.The study provides evidence that cultures that foster an exclusionary, threatening climate tend to weaken the relationship between religion and prejudice by constraining individual differences.“I’ve always been interested in sexism and anti-gay attitudes as expressions of prejudice. As a social psychologist, I was wondering a) why some individuals show high levels of prejudice...
Study sheds light on the diverse and intriguing ways minorities use humor as a defense against prejudice
A study published in the European Journal of Psychology suggests that minority group members sometimes use humor to shield themselves from prejudice. It appears that humor can even be used to exert a level of control over majority group members.Past research on intergroup humor has overlooked minority group members’ use of humor when handling everyday interactions with majority group members.“In our research,” study authors Anna Dobai and Nick Hopkins say, “we consider how Hungarian Roma report seeking to manage their interactions with the non-Roma majority in Hungary. Specifically, we conside...