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Dr Keon West

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PositionLecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email keon.west (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 3103
Dr Keon West

Summary of research

* Intergroup relations, group identity, intergroup communication, and intergroup behaviour

* Intergroup bias, prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination

* Intergroup contact and contact-based mechanisms (e.g., extended intergroup contact, imagined intergroup contact)

Academic qualifications

BA, French & Francophone Studies (Hons, magna cum laude), Macalester, St. Paul, MN, USA, 2006

BA, Psychology, (Hons, magna cum laude), Macalester, St. Paul, MN, USA, 2006

D.Phil, Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 2010

 

Teaching

The Psychology of the Person: PS51005A

Design and Analysis of Psychological Investigations: PS51008C

Research Methods in Psychology: PS52007B

Areas of supervision

Available to supervise PhD, MSc and undergraduate research students in any of the research areas identified above.  Examples of recent projects include investigating how status affects the interpretation of non-verbal cues, investigating whether how and why negative newspaper articles can increase prejudice against minorities, and investigating how YouTube videos can be used to improve intergroup attitudes.

Presentations and exhibitions

2014             The Next Big Thing in Psychology: Part of the Mind Maps programme of the British Psychological Society, a speed-dating ideas event open to the public                      (http://www.danacentre.org.uk/events/2014/01/15/717). 

Research Interests

My research focuses on improving intergroup relations, particularly through extentions and applications of Contact Theory. During my doctorate at Oxford University I investigated intergroup contact (i.e., social interaction) and imagined intergroup contact (i.e., imagined interactions) as mechanisms for improving attitudes and behaviour toward people with schizophrenia. My subsequent research at the University of Leeds and the University of Roehmapton continued this work, also looking at imagined contact's effects on attitudes toward Muslims, immigrants, and members of the LGB community. 

Currently, as a lecturer at Goldsmiths, much of my research looks at moderators of imagined contact's effectiveness, such as perceptual fluency and regulatory focus, as well as imagined contact's effects on less overt measures of prejudice.  Another branch of my research concerns predictors of, and ways of reducing, prejudice against memebers of the LGBT community in Jamaica. 

Publications

Article

Imagined contact can be more effective for participants with stronger initial prejudices
West, Keon; Hotchin, Victoria and Chantelle, Wood. 15 March 2017. Imagined contact can be more effective for participants with stronger initial prejudices. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, ISSN 0021-9029

Naked and Unashamed: Investigations and Applications of the Effects of Naturist Activities on Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction
West, Keon. 21 January 2017. Naked and Unashamed: Investigations and Applications of the Effects of Naturist Activities on Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction. Journal of Happiness Studies, pp. 1-21. ISSN 1389-4978

Contact with Counter-Stereotypical Women Predicts Less Sexism, Less Rape Myth Acceptance, Less Intention to Rape (in Men) and Less Projected Enjoyment of Rape (in Women)
Taschler, Miriam and West, Keon. 30 September 2016. Contact with Counter-Stereotypical Women Predicts Less Sexism, Less Rape Myth Acceptance, Less Intention to Rape (in Men) and Less Projected Enjoyment of Rape (in Women). Sex Roles, ISSN 0360-0025

Jamaica, Three Years Later: Effects of Intensified Pro-Gay Activism on Severe Prejudice Against Lesbians and Gay Men
West, Keon. 16 September 2016. Jamaica, Three Years Later: Effects of Intensified Pro-Gay Activism on Severe Prejudice Against Lesbians and Gay Men. The Journal of Sex Research, 53(9), pp. 1107-1117. ISSN 0022-4499

Sexual restrictions beyond anti-gay prejudice: Anal sex, oral sex, masculinity and sexual prejudice in Jamaica
West, Keon. 22 August 2016. Sexual restrictions beyond anti-gay prejudice: Anal sex, oral sex, masculinity and sexual prejudice in Jamaica. International Journal of Sexual Health, ISSN 1931-7611

Beware of ‘reducing prejudice’: Imagined contact may backfire if applied with a prevention focus.
West, Keon and Greenland, Katie. 15 September 2015. Beware of ‘reducing prejudice’: Imagined contact may backfire if applied with a prevention focus. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, ISSN 0021-9029

Applying imagined contact to improve physiological responses in anticipation of intergroup interactions and the perceived quality of these interactions.
West, Keon; Turner, Rhiannon and Levita, Liat. 1 August 2015. Applying imagined contact to improve physiological responses in anticipation of intergroup interactions and the perceived quality of these interactions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45(8), 425 - 436. ISSN 0021-9029

Imagined contact works in high-prejudice contexts: Investigating imagined contact’s effects on anti-gay prejudice in Cyprus and Jamaica
West, Keon; Husnu, Shenel and Lipps, Garth. 17 October 2014. Imagined contact works in high-prejudice contexts: Investigating imagined contact’s effects on anti-gay prejudice in Cyprus and Jamaica. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 12(1), pp. 60-69. ISSN 1868-9884

Intergroup Contact and Prejudice Against People With Schizophrenia
West, Keon; Hewstone, Miles and Lolliot, Simon. 8 April 2014. Intergroup Contact and Prejudice Against People With Schizophrenia. The Journal of Social Psychology, 154(3), pp. 217-232. ISSN 0022-4545

Predictors of Prejudice Against Lesbians and Gay Men in Jamaica
West, Keon and Cowell, Noel. 31 January 2014. Predictors of Prejudice Against Lesbians and Gay Men in Jamaica. The Journal of Sex Research, pp. 1-10. ISSN 0022-4499

Using extended contact to improve physiological responses and behavior toward people with schizophrenia
West, Keon and Turner, Rhiannon. 2014. Using extended contact to improve physiological responses and behavior toward people with schizophrenia. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, pp. 57-64. ISSN 00221031

Out-group trust, intergroup anxiety, and out-group attitude as mediators of the effect of imagined intergroup contact on intergroup behavioral tendencies
Turner, Rhiannon N.; West, Keon and Christie, Zara. June 2013. Out-group trust, intergroup anxiety, and out-group attitude as mediators of the effect of imagined intergroup contact on intergroup behavioral tendencies. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, E196-E205. ISSN 00219029

Influence of Time to Change's social marketing interventions on stigma in England 2009-2011
Evans-Lacko, S.; Malcolm, E.; West, Keon; Rose, D.; London, J.; Rusch, N.; Little, K.; Henderson, C. and Thornicroft, G.. 2013. Influence of Time to Change's social marketing interventions on stigma in England 2009-2011. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 202(s55), s77-s88. ISSN 0007-1250

Nice and easy does it: How perceptual fluency moderates the effectiveness of imagined contact
West, Keon and Bruckmüller, Susanne. 2013. Nice and easy does it: How perceptual fluency moderates the effectiveness of imagined contact. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49(2), pp. 254-262. ISSN 00221031

Behavioural consequences of imagining intergroup contact with stigmatized outgroups
Turner, R. N. and West, Keon. March 2012. Behavioural consequences of imagining intergroup contact with stigmatized outgroups. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 15(2), pp. 193-202. ISSN 1368-4302

Culture and contact in the promotion and reduction of anti-gay prejudice: evidence from Jamaica and Britain.
West, Keon and Hewstone, Miles. January 2012. Culture and contact in the promotion and reduction of anti-gay prejudice: evidence from Jamaica and Britain. Journal of homosexuality, 59(1), pp. 44-66. ISSN 1540-3602

Relatively Socially Acceptable Prejudice Within and Between Societies
West, Keon and Hewstone, Miles. August 2011. Relatively Socially Acceptable Prejudice Within and Between Societies. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 22(3), pp. 269-282. ISSN 10529284

Enhancing imagined contact to reduce prejudice against people with schizophrenia
West, Keon; Holmes, Emily A. and Hewstone, M.. May 2011. Enhancing imagined contact to reduce prejudice against people with schizophrenia. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 14(3), pp. 407-428. ISSN 1368-4302

Book Review: H. Giles, S. Reid, and J. Harwood (Eds.) The Dynamics of Intergroup Communication New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2010. 344 pp. IBSN 978-1-4331-0398-8 (hardcover), 978-1-4331-0397-1 (paperback)
West, Keon. 2011. Book Review: H. Giles, S. Reid, and J. Harwood (Eds.) The Dynamics of Intergroup Communication New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2010. 344 pp. IBSN 978-1-4331-0398-8 (hardcover), 978-1-4331-0397-1 (paperback). Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 30(2), pp. 240-243. ISSN 0261-927X

Rethinking 'Mental Health Stigma'
West, Keon; Hewstone, Miles and Holmes, Emily A.. 2010. Rethinking 'Mental Health Stigma'. The European Journal of Public Health, 20(2), pp. 131-132. ISSN 1101-1262

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