Dynamic remodeling of in-group bias during the 2008 presidential election
People often favor members of their own group, while discriminating against members of other groups. Such in-group favoritism has been shown to play an important role in human cooperation. However, in the face of changing conflicts and shifting alliances, it is essential for group identities to be flexible. This experimental study illustrates a dynamic change in bias, tracking the realignment of real world conflict lines and public efforts to reconstitute group identity.
authored by dave rand, thomas pfeiffer, anna dreber, rachel w. sheketoff, nils c. wernerfelt, yochai benkler, published on 31 mar 2009