His research on intergroup relations includes: prejudice and stereotyping, stereotype change, crossed categorization, intergroup contact, the reduction of intergroup conflict, sectarianism in Northern Ireland, and segregation and integration. The antecedents and consequences of intergroup conflict are investigated, as well as how conflict is maintained. Through experimental and survey research it has been found that contact works best when group memberships remain salient, and positive exemplars of outgroups cannot be explained away as ‘exceptions to the rule’ who happen to disconfirm stereotypes. Contact affects a wide range of outcomes (including outgroup attitudes, trust and forgiveness) via mediating affective processes, including reduced anxiety and threat and increased empathy, perspective-taking and self-disclosure. Field studies have been carried out in many countries affected by conflict, especially Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Cyprus. There is a current focus on the impact of ethno-religious diversity.
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