The Group Discussion Effect: Integrative Processes and Suggestions for Implementation

R. Meleady, T. Hopthrow, Richard Crisp

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Abstract

One of the most consistent findings in experimental social dilemmas research is the positive effect group discussion has on cooperative behavior. At a time when cooperation and consensus is critical to tackle global problems, ranging from debt to deforestation, understanding the dynamics of group discussion is a pressing need. Unfortunately, research investigating the underlying processes and implementation of the effect has been inconclusive. The authors present a critical review of existing explanations and integrate these perspectives into a single process model of group discussion, providing a more complete theoretical picture of how interrelated factors combine to facilitate discussion-induced cooperation. On the basis of this theoretical analysis, they consider complimentary approaches to the indirect and feasible implementation of group discussion. They argue that such strategies may overcome the barriers to direct discussion observed across a range of groups and organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-71
Number of pages16
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Review
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013

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