Date of Award

Spring 4-24-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - Psychology



First Advisor

Dr. Sarah Savoy


The present study examined the impact of confrontation on anti-Arab prejudice. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: a no-confrontation control condition, a low-threat confrontation condition, or a high-threat confrontation condition. Though evaluations of the partner in both the high-threat confrontation condition and the low-threat confrontation condition were more negative than in the no-confrontation control condition, implicit anti-Arab bias was only weaker than control in the low-threat confrontation condition. Implications are discussed with respect to theoretical work on implicit prejudice and reduction of anti-Arab bias.

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