Edition 11

Yuefang Zhou and Gerry Humphris have their own worries about the ‘don’t worry’ message in medical procedures

Reassurance is probably the most widely used approach by parents and medical staff intending to reduce a patient’s pain and psychological distress. However, what empirical evidence exists to...

Michael J. Platow and John A. Hunter reflect on Muzafer Sherif’s Boys’ Camp Studies

The corpus of work produced by Muzafer Sherif, including the Boys’ Camp Studies, reminds us that groups have both a material reality and psychological validity. This work directs us to examine...

Gina Perry looks at how Sherif’s participants saw his studies

Discussions of Muzafer Sherif’s camp studies revolve around the behaviour of human groups. Typically, the warring between two groups of children is presented as something atavistic, an inevitable...

Aysel Kayaoğlu, Sertan Batur and Ersin Aslıtürk consider the social psychologist and political activist

Like many of the ‘greats’ of social psychology, Muzafer Sherif is frequently cited in the textbooks for his most famous research – on the autokinetic effect, and the Boys’ Camp Studies. At the...

Sixty years after the Robbers Cave study, Stephen Reicher and S. Alexander Haslam introduce an appreciation of a Sherif for today and for tomorrow

Sixty years ago, Muzafer Sherif conducted his Robbers Cave Boys’ Camp study – one of the most significant psychological experiments ever conducted. The collection of articles in this special...