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Lecture 5

PSYC 331 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Food Fight

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Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 331
Professor
Donald Taylor
Lecture
5

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LECTURE 5
REALISTIC CONFLICT THEORY
January 21st, 2013
REALISTIC CONFLICT THEORY
The whole theory grew out from a single experiment
o Sherrif camp experiment
Four stages in Sherif Experiments
1. Spontaneous interpersonal friendship choices
2. Group formation
3. Intergroup conflict
4. Intergroup Cooperation/reduction of intergroup conflicts (superordinate goals)
Sherif experiment was huge
The camp experiment was huge and it was so confusing, that social psychologists did not know in
which category to put it and that’s why it is in different chapters in textbooks
The Sherif experiment took place as a summer camps where kids were invited to participate
Stage 1: Spontaneous interpersonal friendship choices
The experiment let the kids form natural friendship for the first few days
o There was no pressure to form friends
After a few days, they evaluate the kinds of friendship they formed
Then, they divided the camp into 2 groups
o They separated the groups by cabin and the only criteria was that for each boy, 2/3 of his
best bodies have to be in the other groups
Stage 2: Group formation
For 2 days, the 2 groups will not see each other
They were all engaged in team building activities with their own group
They never came into contact for these 2 days so that these couple of days were to get to know the
people of their team
Stage 3: Intergroup conflict
Then, the experimenters have them participate in activities that will make one group compete against
the other group
Every single activity involved competition between the 2 groups
The first night, the 2 groups just came together at the cafeteria
Each group sat on their own side and when the food came in, they started to fight
There was an open war fair among 2 groups of 11 years old
Notice what is driving the conflict
o Structuring the situation so that the 2 groups are competing with each other
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The STRUCTURE is the KEY here
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