Cooperation, Trust, and Group Processes

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 4C KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC42 Social Psychology (host committee)

Language: English

Research on cooperation in social dilemmas draws largely on rational choice theory. However, the problem of cooperation in social dilemmas may be framed in terms of a social group aiming at accomplishing a valued task (i.e. production of public good, or maintenance of resource pool), with criteria for success and failure clearly defined. Groups of this kind are a focus of sociological social psychology. Rational choice theory and group processes theories are very different in terms of scope and explanatory mechanism, yet there is a potential for bridging the two perspectives. For instance, voluntary contributions to public good can become the basis of status distinctions.
Existing status differences can be the basis of formation of expectations concerning one’s behavior in social dilemmas. According to expectation states theory, which explains the emergence of status inequality in task groups and unequal distribution of social influence, there are group members that accept influence from others and group members that reject influence of others. Patterns of rejection and acceptance of influence can also be viewed in terms of cooperative behavior that contributes to successful solving of the group’s task.
We invite papers that deal with problems of cooperation and trust at the intersection of rational choice and group processes perspectives. Both empirical studies investigating those issues as well theoretical models bridging the two perspectives are welcome. 

Session Organizers:
Zbigniew KARPINSKI, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland and Kinga WYSIENSKA-DI CARLO, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
An Investigation of Meanings of “Trust” and Their Transition in the Surveys on the Japanese National Character and Other Related Surveys
Yusuke INAGAKI, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan; Takashi NAKAMURA, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan; Yoo Sung PARK, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan
Determinants of Social Cooperation: A Survey Experiment
Gabor HAJDU, Institute for Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary; Julia KOLTAI, Institute for Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary; Luca KRISTOF, Institute for Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary; Bori SIMONOVITS, TÁRKI Social Research Institute, Hungary
Signals of Trustworthiness in Social Exchange: A Theoretical Framework and Empirical Evidence
Wojtek PRZEPIORKA, Utrecht University, Netherlands; Diego GAMBETTA, European University Institute, Italy; Joel BERGER, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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