Minimal Group Experiments
Published Online: 15 JAN 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science
How to Cite
Kurzban, R. 2006. Minimal Group Experiments. Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. .
- Published Online: 15 JAN 2006
The ‘minimal group paradigm’ is an experimental method in which people are assigned to arbitrary groups, and then required to allocate rewards to members of their group or another group. The surprising result of these studies is that ingroup favoritism is elicited under these conditions, suggesting that merely placing people into different groups, even meaningless ones, leads to discrimination.
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