The Effect of a Prejudice-Reduction Simulation on Attitude Change1


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    Authors are listed alphabetically; both authors contributed equally to this work. This research was funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Utah State University. The authors wish to thank James Shaver for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper. Also, they are indebted to William Lye and Leona Duke for assistance with a portion of the data collection.

Direct all correspondence to: Deborah A. Byrnes, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-2805.


The effectiveness of a well-known prejudice-reduction simulation, “Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes,” was assessed as a tool for changing the attitudes of nonblack teacher education students toward blacks. The three outcomes were (a) virtually all of the subjects reported that the experience was meaningful for them; (b) the statistical evidence supporting the effectiveness of the activity for prejudice reduction was moderate; and (c) virtually all of the participants, as well as the simulation facilitator, reported stress from the simulation.