Robbers Cave Experiment

An experiment in intergroup dynamics, which assessed two groups of 11-year-old boys sent to a remote summer camp in Robbers Cave State Park, Oklahoma. The results of the experiment were not unlike that which occurred in William Golding’s allegorical novel, Lord of the Flies: the boys formed tribal bonds, competed for medals and attention, exhibited prejudice, territorial violence, and ultimately had to be separated
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Gina Perry is a psychologist and writer in Melbourne, Australia, and author of The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif's Robbers Cave experiment (Scribe), which comes out this April
In 1954, social psychologists Muzafer and Carolyn Sherif carried out the Robbers Cave experiment, in which 22 boys were taken on a three-week camping expedition in Oklahoma's Robbers Cave State Park.
INTERGROUP CONFLICT AND COOPERATION: THE ROBBERS CAVE EXPERIMENT 208-11(1961).