Psychology Colloquium: A socio-ecological approach to cultural variation in trust

Speaker: Joanna Schug, College of William & Mary

Abstract: The ability to trust others, even those we have never met before, serves a very important role in facilitating many positive individual and social outcomes. However, trust tends to vary considerably across cultures. In this talk, I will discuss how (presumably) universal psychological mechanisms can interact with cultural norms and social-ecology to produce cultural variation in trust across cultures. I will present the results of a preliminary study using social survey data to show how cultural norms which regulate emotional expression may impact the development of trust on a national level, as well as the results of a cross-cultural experimental study employing economic games to examine mechanisms underlying cultural differences in the influence of synchronous behavior on trust behavior in Japan and the United States. Finally, I will discuss potential directions for future research.

Faculty Host: Yulia Chentsova-Dutton

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

White-Gravenor Hall, 206
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Georgetown College, Psychology


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