Tajfel - Social Categorisation & Intergroup Behaviour (Minimal Groups Study)

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  • TAJFEL - SOCIAL CATEGORISATION & INTERGROUP BEHAVIOUR
    • AIM
      • to test whether the simple act of grouping was enough to cause prejudice between two groups of very similar people
    • This study is also known as the Minimal Groups Study
    • PROCEDURE
      • sample of school boys were given a fake art task to do
        • allocated into two groups on the basis of this
          • Klee group
          • Kandinsky group
          • grouping was purele random
      • rewards allocation task
        • asked to reward points to two other boys (one from each group) at a time
      • only information they were given was which group they were in
    • RESULTS
      • boys typically awarded more points to members of their in-group
        • shows strong in-group favouritism

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