15 November 2016
Are we more likely to remember the good or the bad done by people on our team?
In general, we favour our own group over outsiders, classically demonstrated by Henri Tajfel’s “minimal group” experiments, in which sorting people into groups by something as arbitrary as a coin toss resulted in higher positive ratings of traits of in-group members, and more negativity towards out-group members.
You might expect, then, that we’d be more disposed to remember our colleagues’ good behavior, surely?.
But new research shows us that the opposite is actually true.
You can read more about this investigation of "in-group infamy" on our Research Digest blog.