Dixon, Branon, Nastally, & Mui, 2009

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Dixon, M. R., Branon, A., Nastally, B. L., & Mui, N. (2009). Examining prejudice towards middle eastern persons via a transformation of stimulus functions. The Behavior Analyst Today, 10(2), 295-318.

Publication Topic: 
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
relational frame theory, sterotypes, racism, terroism, and middle-easter religions
Abstract: 

The present paper describes 3 experiments which sought to further investigate if arbitrary stimuli may enter into relations with terrorist and non-terrorist stimuli via a transformation of stimulus functions. Experiment 1 used a rating scale to measure perceptions of North American and Middle Eastern males appearing as "Terrorists" before and after various relational training and testing procedures. Experiment 2 incorporated stimuli classification and sorting procedures to measure perceptions of the same images before replicated training and testing procedures from Experiment 1. Experiment 3 replicated the measurement procedures for Experiment 2 however, participants rated arbitrary stimuli. Results of these studies contribute to a Relational Frame Theory account of prejudice by demonstrating a pre-existing relationship between participant opinions and images of North American and Middle Eastern males and that these relationships can be altered through a conditional discrimination procedure.

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