New “Nature Human Behaviour” publication co-authored by the researcher and student from UW | University of Warsaw

Prof. Michał Bilewicz from the Center for Research Study on Bias at the UW Professors of Psychology and Olga Kuzawińska, a trainee of this professors, are co-authors of the publication, which appeared on 27th January in “Nature Human Behaviour”. The work concerns the effect of intergroup contact on assistance for collective action versus discrimination amongst minorities and majorities.

The article goes over the results of research performed in 69 nations. Research has verified the found that intergroup contact increases bulk groups intents to take part in solidarity-based actions in the defense of minority rights, but at the very same time it might demobilize minorities and deteriorate their efforts to take part in collective action.

The cross-national research study presented in the article was carried out on a group of about 13 000 individuals: 3 000 representatives of national bulk groups, 1 000 individuals belonging to nationwide minorities, 5 000 heterosexual people and almost 4 000 non-heterosexual individuals. The Polish part of the research study included samples of immigrants from Ukraine operating in Poland, LGBT people and bulk groups: heterosexuals and native Poles.

The Polish part of the research study was part of “Language as a treatment: linguistic vitality as a tool for psychological wellness, health and financial sustainability” (LCure) job funded within the TEAM program of the Foundation for Polish Science. The job is concentrated on the aspects that improve psychological well-being and civic engagement of minority and immigrant groups. The task is co-ordinated by Dr. Justyna Olko from the “Artes Liberales” Faculty and Dr. Michał Bilewicz from the Professors of Psychology. Olga Kuzawińska, a co-author of publication in “Nature Human Being Behaviour”, is a research trainee working in the job.

Publication in “Nature Human Behaviour”

Hässler T., Ullrich J., Bernardino M. et al., (2020 ),, “Nature Human Being Behaviour”, DOI: 10.1038/ s41562-019-0815-z.