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Trust and revenge between teams: how we discriminate against outgroups

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Keywords: trust, revenge, group identity, ingroup, outgroup, intergroup conflict, group reciprocity

As humans we are largely organised in an interlinking and overlapping series of groups and teams, such as families, organisations, departments, nations, interest groups et cetera.

Research studies spanning the last 40 years have found that we tend to identify with, and are significantly more altruistic and prosocial towards, in-group members and are significantly more likely to stereotype and breed prejudice against outgroup members. This research briefing looks at the impact of team work and how we build inter-team trust or mistrust between teams and groups.

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