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Summary of: Ashikali, T., Groeneveld, S., & Kuipers, B. (2021). The role of inclusive leadership in supporting an inclusive climate in diverse public sector teams. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 41(3), 497–519. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734371X19899722 Background & Theory: While numerous past studies have examined the importance of inclusion initiatives among diverse work environments, not many studies have...

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Summary of: Kim, S. & Harwood, J. (2020). Facebook contact: The effect of an outgroup member’s language proficiency on desire for future intergroup contact. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 77, 160-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2020.05.007 Background & Theory This article examined how language can impact one’s ability to mesh with outgroup members and the likelihood of further developing...

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Summary of: Meissner, F., Grigutsch, L.A., Koranyi, N., Müller, F., & Rothermund, K. (2019). Predicting behavior with implicit measures: Disillusioning findings, reasonable explanations, and sophisticated solutions. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02483 Background & Theory: The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is commonly utilized by educators and researchers worldwide to make salient the presence of subconscious implicit...

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Summary of: Saguy, T., Sobol-Sarag, D., Halabi, S., Stroebe, K., Bruneau, E., & Hasan-Aslih, S. (2020). When a sense of “we” is lost: Investigating the consequences of a lost common identity among druze in Israel. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11(5), 667–675. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619884562 Background & Theory The Arab Druze community in Israel has historically had good relations with...

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Summary of: Yucel, D., & Psaltis, C. (2020). Intergroup contact and willingness for renewed cohabitation in Cyprus: Exploring the mediating and moderating mechanisms. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 23(4), 578–597. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430219845053 Background & Theory Intergroup contact theory has been popular amongst conflict and social psychology researchers for a long time. Regionally, Cyprus has seen a protracted conflict between...

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Summary of: Lowe, M. (2020). Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration. Behavioral & Experimental Economics eJournal. Background & Theory Intergroup contact theory or the contact hypothesis is a well-known method of improving ties between communities. In this research, the author argues that the efficacy of intergroup contact depends highly on...

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Summary of: Gallacher, J. D., Heerdink, M. W., & Hewstone, M. (2021). Online engagement between opposing political protest groups via social media is linked to physical violence of offline encounters. Social Media + Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305120984445 Background & Theory Digital communication is becoming more common than ever and is known to influence political outcomes for the past few...

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Summary of: Coskan, C.C. (2020). The role of ethnic, national, and superordinate identities and perceptions of power in understanding Kurds’ attitudes about reconciliation in “Turkish-Kurdish conflict.” European Association of Social Psychology, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.12739.22569 Background & Theory This research looks deeper into the concept of asymmetrical conflict, where there are unequal power differences between groups. The groups...

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Summary of: Fry, D.P., Souillac, G., Liebovitch, L., Coleman, P.T., Agan, K., Nicholson-Cox, E., Mason, D., Palma Gomez, F., & Strauss, S., (2021). Societies within peace systems avoid war and build positive intergroup relationships. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 8(17).  https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-020-00692-8 Background & Theory It is often believed that all societies have engaged in war at some point,...

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Summary of: Aknin, L.B., Barrington-Leigh, C.P., Dunn, E.W., Helliwell, J.F., Burns, J., Biswas-Diener, R., Kemeza, I., Nyende, P., Ashton-James, C.E., Norton, M.I. (2013). Prosocial spending and well-being: cross-cultural evidence for a psychological universal. J Pers Soc Psychology, 104(4), 635-52. doi: 10.1037/a0031578 Background & Theory Altruism and prosocial behavior are constructs that have been widely studied in Psychology. However, they have rarely been studied across...

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