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To stop collective blame of Muslims, reference Christian terrorists

The month following the November 2015 Paris terrorist attack, incidents of hate crimes in the United
Author: Date: Jan 26, 2018

The Best Way to Combat Anti-Muslim Bias

New research finds that directly hinting at the hypocrisy of an Islamophobic stance can make people
Author: Date: Jan 23, 2018

Reaching the Heart by Changing the Mind: Reducing Anti-Muslim Hostility Through a ‘Wise’ Socratic Activity

Reaching the Heart by Changing the Mind: Reducing Anti-Muslim Hostility Through a ‘Wise’ Socratic Activity  On
Author: Date: Dec 19, 2017

All Muslims are often blamed for single acts of terror. Psychology explains how to stop it.

You can’t fight prejudice with name calling. Here’s one strategy that actually works. Full article here.
Author: Date: Dec 4, 2017

Minding the Enemy: Surmounting the psychological barriers that divide us

Minding the Enemy: Surmounting the psychological barriers that divide us Take a look at Emile’s blog
Author: Date: Jun 17, 2013

Collectively blaming groups for the actions of individuals can license vicarious retribution. Acts of terrorism by Muslim
extremists against innocents, and the spikes in anti-Muslim hate crimes against innocent Muslims that follow, suggest that
reciprocal bouts of collective blame can spark cycles of violence. How can this cycle be short-circuited? After establishing a
link between collective blame of Muslims and anti-Muslim attitudes and behavior, we used an “interventions tournament” to
identify a successful intervention (among many that failed). The “winning” intervention reduced collective blame of Muslims
by highlighting hypocrisy in the ways individuals collectively blame Muslims—but not other groups (White Americans,
Christians)—for individual group members’ actions. After replicating the effect in an independent sample, we demonstrate
that a novel interactive activity that isolates the psychological mechanism amplifies the effectiveness of the collective blame
hypocrisy intervention and results in downstream reductions in anti-Muslim attitudes and anti-Muslim behavior.