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Originally issued in and updated in and , this pioneering study of “small group” conflict and cooperation has long been out-of-print. It is now. His main contribution is known as Realistic Conflict Theory, and accounts for group . Intergroup conflict and cooperation: The Robbers Cave experiment (Vol. Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation: The Robbers Cave Experiment by Muzafer Sherif, O.J. Harvey, B. Jack White, William R. Hood, and Carolyn W. Sherif.

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Enter your eperiment and e-mail address to experment register and be notified of new entries. This classic study of intergroup conflict and cooperation demonstrated how groups strongly favor their own members ingroup biasand how intergroup conflict can be resolved by the groups working together on a common task that neither group can complete without the help of the other group.

The experimenters took two groups of and year-old boys the kids gave themselves the group names the “Rattlers” and the “Eagles” to what they thought was a summer camp. Jntergroup the first week stage 1the two groups of boys were separated and did not know about each other. During this time, the boys bonded with the other boys in their group.


Then, they were introduced to each other stage 2and immediately the name calling began. In the third week stage 3the experimenters created conditions that required both interbroup to work together solving a common problem. One example was the drinking water problem. The kids were under the impression that their drinking water was cut off possibly due to vandals.

Both groups worked together to solve the problem. By the end of stage 3 when the groups worked together on tasksthe group member’s outgroup choices coopperation from the other group increased significantly. In the years since this experiment, it has been demonstrated that working intergroup socialization is one of the most effective ways to reduce outgroup prejudice and discrimination. Bo Bennett teaches both the Introduction to Psychology and Intetgroup Psychology courses to adult students, all around the world.

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Hood, and Carolyn W. University of Oklahoma Book Exchange Reprint edition, Wesleyan University Press, In Handbook of Social Psychology. Want to Understand the Mind and Other People?