SMALL GROUPS & Even completely arbitrary group membership has a surprisingly strong influence on human behavior.

by Patricia Y. Sanchez, PsyPost, 3/23/22.

Social learning helps humans navigate the world by learning the consequences of actions through the behavior of others. Humans are also quite sensitive to group membership, in that we tend to place ourselves within social groups with which we identify (e.g., gender, race, nationality) and membership in these groups can motivate our beliefs and behaviors. New research published in Psychological Sciencesuggests that people are more likely to use social learning to copy members of their in-group compared to members of their out-group.

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