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Prosociality as trigger and fuel of intergroup conflict

maandag 31 oktober 2022
Kamerling Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden


Intergroup conflict can be modelled as a two-level game of strategy, in which pro-sociality can take the form of trust and cooperation within groups or between groups. In this seminar, Prof de Dreu will review recent work, from his own laboratory and that of others, that shows how biological and socio-cultural mechanisms that promote pro-social preferences and beliefs create in-group bounded, parochial cooperation and, sometimes, parochial competition. He will also discuss when and how parochial cooperation and competition intensifies rather than mitigates intergroup conflict. 

The session will be delivered in a hybrid format (online and in-person, where feasible). If you plan to attend in person, please confirm your attendance by emailing Asmaa Khadim at a.n.khadim@law.leidenuniv.nl

Presenter Bio

Carsten K.W. De Dreu is full professor at Leiden University (Social, Economic and Organizational Psychology), and the University of Amsterdam (Center for Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making), and Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and former president of the European Association for Social Psychology. De Dreu studies the neurobiological and psychological underpinnings of cooperative decision making, conflict regulation, group decision making, and creativity. For his scientific work, he received the Spinoza Award from the Netherlands Science Organization (2018) and was recognized by the Interdisciplinary Network on Groups Research with the McGrath Lifetime Achievement award (2022).

About Conflict Resolution @Leiden

Institutions for Conflict Resolution / Conflictoplossende Instituties (COI) is one of the two legal science themes of the Dutch National Sector Plan for Law at Leiden Law School, the other being Empirical Legal Studies. As part of its activities, the COI research group organises a monthly seminar series, Conflict Resolution Seminars @Leiden, for researchers interested in institutions for conflict resolution. The research seminars are intended to explore judicial approaches to resolving difficult and contentious societal problems, ranging from climate protection to race relations. Judicial decision-making at the local, national and supranational levels, as well as alternative dispute resolution approaches, are considered. 

Researchers across Leiden University are invited to present their work, and we welcome interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on any topic that aligns with the theme of the seminar series. These seminars are intended to bring together academics from across the university to share ideas and collaborate on mechanisms and strategies that best promote effective and inclusive conflict resolution. If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please contact Asmaa Khadim at a.n.khadim@law.leidenuniv.nl

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