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Effects of a Companion Dog on Associations of Danger and Threat With Oriental‐Looking Targets

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European Journal of Social Psychology

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--- - |2 Abstract In the current study we extend previous findings on the shooter bias towards targets with Arab ethnicity. In an adapted shooter task, we presented stereotypically oriental‐looking targets without explicit symbols of Islam (e.g., a turban) and additionally tested if presenting a “harmless” companion dog together with Arab vs. White targets, would affect the shooter bias. Participants responded faster and made fewer errors for armed Arab than for armed White targets. Moreover, compared to the “neutral” no dog condition, the presence of a dog triggered fewer false alarms for White but not for Arab targets and slowed down (correct) responses in general. Implications and potential underlying mechanisms are discussed. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. - European Journal of Social Psychology, Volume 0, Issue ja, -Not available-.