Cultural Evolutionary Mismatches in Response to Collective Threat

  title={Cultural Evolutionary Mismatches in Response to Collective Threat},
  author={Michele J. Gelfand},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={401 - 409}
  • M. Gelfand
  • Published 27 September 2021
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Across the millennia, human groups have evolved specific cultural and psychological adaptations to cope with collective threats, from terrorism to natural disasters to pathogens. In particular, research has identified cultural tightness, characterized by strict social norms and punishments, as one key adaptation that helps groups coordinate to survive collective threats. However, interferences with threat signals that facilitate tightening can lead to cultural mismatches—either too much or not… 

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