The author thanks Virginia Lewis and Eugenia Navas for providing the voices on the stimulus recordings; AnyMary Weyant for writing the script for the stimulus recordings; and Alison Herdocia, Janae Draper, and Lindsy Giebel for serving as experimenters.
Perspective Taking as a Means of Reducing Negative Stereotyping of Individuals Who Speak English as a Second Language1
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 703–716, April 2007
How to Cite
Weyant, J. M. (2007), Perspective Taking as a Means of Reducing Negative Stereotyping of Individuals Who Speak English as a Second Language. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 703–716. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00181.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2007
As a test of the hypothesis that perspective taking reduces stereotyping of individuals who speak English as a second language, 160 college students participated in a 2 × 2 factorial experiment. Participants heard an audio recording of either a native or non-native speaker of English. Then, they wrote a paragraph about the speaker either with instructions to take the speaker's perspective or with no perspective-taking instructions. Finally, they rated the speaker on characteristics related to ability and accomplishment. Overall, the participants rated the native speaker of English more highly than the non-native speaker. However, supporting the hypothesis, participants instructed to take the perspective of the non-native speaker rated her more highly than did participants not instructed to take her perspective.