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Five Minutes of Fame

Title: Five Minutes of Fame: The Benefits of Imagined Contact with Famous Gay Men and Lesbians.
Name(s): Lacosse, Jennifer, author
Plant, Ashby, professor directing thesis
Ganley, Colleen M., committee member
McNulty, James, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (55 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Past research indicates that imagining contact with an outgroup member can reduce prejudice toward that outgroup (Miles & Crisp, 2014). However, for people with few experiences with outgroup members, such as gay men and lesbians who are a numerically small outgroup, imagined contact may be difficult and less effective. The current work proposes imagining contact with famous gay men and lesbians may be one way of resolving these issues and improving the efficacy of imagined contact. In one online study (Study 1) and one lab study (Study 2) we tested the hypothesis that among heterosexuals, imagined contact with famous gay men and lesbians can be an effective means of improving responses toward gay men and lesbians compared to imagined contact with non-famous gay/lesbian individuals and famous heterosexuals. Results supported our predictions demonstrating that imagined contact with famous gay men and lesbians is associated with a more pleasant imagined interaction experience, reduced sexual prejudice, and fewer concerns about being misclassified as gay or lesbian.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9204 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: October 29, 2014.
Keywords: contagion concerns, imagined contact, sexual prejudice
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: E. Ashby Plant, Professor Directing Thesis; Colleen Ganley, Committee Member; James McNulty, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Social psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Lacosse, J. (2014). Five Minutes of Fame: The Benefits of Imagined Contact with Famous Gay Men and Lesbians. Retrieved from