Robbers Cave Experiment

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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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Social psychologist Muzafer Sherif and his team, disguised as camp counsellors, watched each group bond and form its own identity.
psychology professors Muzafer Sherif (1906-1988) and Carolyn Sherif (1922-1982) assembled 19 essays by 20 American and British academics demonstrating effective interdisciplinary collaboration in the social sciences.