A Unique Case? Group Behaviour in the Military

Research Paper Title

Group behavior in the military may provide a unique case.


The optimal functioning of male coalitionary behaviour in a military context may run contrary to some of the arguments about the importance of individual differentiation in Baumeister et al.

Incentives become institutionally inverted within military contexts.

Because the history of combat exerted powerful and sustained selection pressures on male groups, individual identification can work against the successful completion of collective action problems surrounding in-group defense in military contexts.


McDermott, R. (2016)  Group behavior in the military may provide a unique case. Behavioural and Brain Sciences. 39, p.e158. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X15001466. Published online: 26 October 2016.


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