Sherif - Robber's Cave

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What was the aim of the study?
To see whether prejudice can be formed between two very similar groups as a result of competition. Also,to see whether superordinate goals could reduce prejudice.
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Who were the participants?
22 boys aged 11-12
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What were the participants matched on?
Age, gender, social class and IQ
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What were the two groups called?
The Eagles and The Rattlers
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How long were the boys there for?
3 weeks
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After how long were the groups made aware of each other?
1 week
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What was the first thing the camp counsellors introduced?
Competition/conflict - played baseball and basketball to score points
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What percentage of boys had friends in their own group at this point?
93%
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How did both groups show prejudice?
Name calling (smart aleks, sneaks and stinkers), raided each other's cabins and burnt other teams flag
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How did the camp counsellors try to reduce prejudice?
By introducing superordinate goals
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What were the superordinate goals?
Fixing the camp water supply and pulling the camp truck out of the mud
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What did the camp counsellors notice after the superordinate goals?
Less hostility between the two groups, less name calling and a friendlier atmosphere. Prejudice had been reduced.
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What percentage of boys had friends in their own group at the end of the three weeks?
70%
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22 boys aged 11-12

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