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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Crystal L. Hoyt

Second Advisor

Dr. George Goethals

Third Advisor

Dr. Thad Williamson


Investigating the contact hypothesis with participants of each race, the study targeted implicit beliefs and differences between minorities and majorities upon cognitive depletion, racial attitudes, and approach or avoidance goals. Based on former research, a negative expectationsreducing intervention, involving watching a pair of interracial friends and writing about one’s own experience, was hypothesized to reduce prejudicial thinking. Twenty-three undergraduate interracial dyads completed self-report questionnaires and engaged in a recorded interaction involving interactive games. The intervention was found to increase accurate personality perception of one’s partner. Results also supported the different concerns of majority members and minority members. For majorities, implicit theories predicted approach goals, avoidance goals, and depletion, but for minorities, theories predicted negative post affect and negative partner affect.