Dr Kristof Dhont
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
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My research focuses primarily on the role of dispositional and situational factors in intergroup relations and the prediction of prejudice. I investigate the extent to which individual differences in social-ideological attitudes (e.g., authoritarianism and social dominance orientation) and cognitive factors (e.g., need for closure) contribute to the development and maintenance of prejudice and how prejudice can be reduced through positive intergroup contact.
I also investigate the impact of contextual factors such as societal intergroup norms and threat on ideology and intergroup attitudes, the intergenerational transmission of prejudice and ideology, and the psychological factors that motivate people to support social change.
Other research interests include the psychological underpinnings of speciesism, animal exploitation, and meat consumption and the parallels between prejudicial human intergroup relations and human-animal relations.
Dhont, K., Hodson, G., Leite, A.C. (2016). Common ideological roots of speciesism and generalized ethnic prejudice: The Social Dominance Human-Animal Relations Model (SD-HARM). European Journal of Personality, 30, 507-522.
Hodson, G., & Dhont, K. (2015). The person-based nature of prejudice. Individual difference predictors of intergroup negativity. European Review of Social Psychology, 26, 1-42.
Dhont, K., & Hodson, G. (2014). Does lower cognitive ability predict greater prejudice? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 454-459.
Onraet, E., Dhont, K., & Van Hiel, A. (2014). The relationships between internal and external threat and right-wing attitudes: A three-wave longitudinal study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 712-725.