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Rhiannon Turner

Rhiannon Turner

My research looks at which forms of intergroup contact best reduce prejudice, how and why they do so, and what consequences they have for intergroup relations. Specifically, I have studied the effect of several different forms of intergroup contact in reducing prejudice, including cross-group friendship (Turner & Cameron, 2016; Turner & Feddes, 2011; Turner et al., 2014), extended contact (Turner, Hewstone, Voci, & Vonofakou, 2008; West & Turner, 2014; Paterson, Turner, & Conner, 2015), and imagined contact (Crisp & Turner, 2012; Turner & West, 2012; West, Turner, & Levita, 2015). I am also interested in the role of personality (Turner, Dhont et al., 2014; Vezzali, Turner, Capozza, & Trifilleti, 2017; Choma, Jagavat, Hodson, & Turner, 2017), social identity (Turner & Crisp, 2010) and multiple categorization (Crisp & Turner, 2011) in explaining intergroup relations. In addition, my research extends into applying research on nostalgia to the study of intergroup relations (Turner, Wildschut, & Sedikides, 2011; Turner, Wildschut, Sedikides & Gheorghiu, 2013, Turner, Wildschut, & Sedikides, 2017).

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Crisp, R. J., Heuston, S., Farr, M. J., & Turner, R. N (2007). Seeing red or feeling blue? Differentiated intergroup emotions as a function of ingroup identification in soccer fans. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10, 9-26.
  • Crisp, R.J., Husnu, S., Meleady, R., Stathi, S., & Turner, R. N. (2010). From imagery to intention: A dual route model of imagined contact effects. European Review of Social Psychology, 21, 188-236.
  • Crisp, R. J., Stathi, S., Turner, R. N., & Husnu, S. (2008). Imagined intergroup contact: Theory, paradigm, and practice. Personality and Social Psychology Compass, 2, 1-18.
  • Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (in press). The imagined intergroup contact hypothesis. In M. P. Zanna , & J. Olson (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (vol. 46). Burlington: Academic Press.
  • Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2011). Cognitive adaptation to the experience of social and cultural diversity. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 242-266.
  • Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2010). Have confidence in contact. American Psychologist, 65, 133-135.
  • Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2009). Can imagined interactions produce positive perceptions? Reducing prejudice through simulated social contact. American Psychologist, 64, 231-240.
  • Turner, R. N., & Brown, R. J. (2008). Improving children's attitudes towards refugees: An evaluation of a multicultural curricula and anti-racist intervention. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 1295-1328.
  • Turner, R. N., & Crisp, R. J. (2010). Explaining threats from common ingroups: A self-regulation theory analysis. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 251-261.
  • Turner, R. N., & Crisp, R. J. (2010). Imagining intergroup contact reduces implicit prejudice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 129-142.
  • Turner, R. N., Crisp, R. J., & Lambert, E. (2007). Imagining intergroup contact can improve intergroup attitudes. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10, 427-441.
  • Turner, R. N., & Feddes, A. (2011). How intergroup friendship works: A longitudinal study of friendship effects on outgroup attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 914-923.
  • Turner, R. N., Hewstone, M., & Voci, A. (2007). Reducing explicit and implicit outgroup prejudice via direct and extended contact: The mediating role of self-disclosure and intergroup anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 369-388.
  • Turner, R. N., Hewstone, M., Voci, A., Paolini, S., & Christ, O. (2007). Reducing prejudice via direct and extended cross-group friendship. European Review of Social Psychology, 18, 212-255.
  • Turner, R. N., Hewstone, M., Voci, A., & Vonofakou, C. (2008). A test of the extended contact hypothesis: The mediating role of intergroup anxiety, perceived ingroup and outgroup norms, and inclusion of the outgroup in the self. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 843-860.
  • Turner, R. N., Tam, T., Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J., & Cairns, E. (in press). Contact between Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren in Northern Ireland. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
  • Turner, R. N., & West, K. (2012). Behavioural consequences of imagining intergroup contact with stigmatized outgroups. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 193-202.
  • Turner, R. N., West, K., & Christie, Z. (in press). Outgroup trust, intergroup anxiety, and outgroup attitude as mediators of the effect of imagined intergroup contact on intergroup behavioural tendencies. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
  • Turner, R. N., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2011). Dropping the weight stigma: Nostalgia improves attitudes toward persons who are overweight. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 130-137.

Courses Taught:

  • PSYC1601: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC1604: Social Psychology
  • PSYC1615: Professional Skills for Psychologists 1
  • PSYC2504: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSYC2505: Psychology Mini Project
  • PSYC3170: Psychology Major Project

Rhiannon Turner
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
University Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

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