News Story

Moving matters: Ethnocentric behavior decreases when societal mobility rises

Moving matters: Ethnocentric behavior decreases when societal mobility rises


One can’t help but notice that migration is increasing. The trend over the last century has been toward greater mobility for more people around the world. Many people today live in a place different from where they were born, with different social norms and customs.

 

new study by University of Maryland researchers points to a surprising byproduct: increased mobility may help people to treat each other as individuals rather than as members of a defined social group. The work suggests that mobility counteracts the tendency of populations to become more ethnocentric—or prone to favor members of their own ethnic, tribal or national group while being hostile to other groups—over time. The study appears online in the journal Nature Scientific Reportson December 8, 2015.

December 15, 2015


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

Chapin, Bowen win in Bioscience Day poster session

New Perspectives on Some of the Oldest Questions about Human Language

NIH announces HEAL Initiative Grants for UMD faculty

AESoP symposium features speakers, organizers with UMD ties

Shamma, colleagues publish in Journal of Neuroscience

UMD Researchers Develop Technique to Advance Cell-Based Systems

Special Delivery

NSF Awards $1M Grant to UMD Researchers

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar