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ERIC Number: ED128861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Intergroup Cooperation and Intergroup Attraction: The Effect of Previous Interaction and Outcome of Combined Effort.
Worchel, Stephen; And Others
In order to examine the conditions that determine when intergroup cooperation will result in increased intergroup attraction, a group of 494 male and female undergraduate students was divided into task groups consisting of eight to twelve individuals. In the first phase of the study, groups were led to believe that they were either competing, cooperating, or having no interaction with a second group. In the second phase, the two groups were combined and instructed to work cooperatively on two tasks. Later, subjects were told that their combined effort had either succeeded or failed. Intergroup-attraction scores indicated that, when groups had previously competed, failure of the combined effort resulted in decreased intergroup attraction, while success yielded increased attraction. For groups that had previously cooperated, however, both success and failure of the combined effort increased intergroup attraction. (Author/KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, August 30-September 3, 1975); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document