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ERIC Number: EJ175050
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1977
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An Experimental Analysis of Social Traps
Brechner, Kevin C.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 13, 6, 552-64, Nov 77
Social traps, such as the overgrazing of pasturelands, overpopulation, and the extinction of species, are situations where individuals in a group respond for their own advantage in a manner damaging to the group. Alaboratory analog was devised to simulate conditions that produce social traps. The intent was to cause an immediate positive consequence and, at the same time, a long-term negative consequence. Implications for social behavior are discussed. (Editor/RK)
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