In my research I investigate two deep problems: how do humans decide whether to cooperate across cultural boundaries, and why do people sacrifice everything (their own lives, the lives of loved ones) for an abstract cause like nation or god? These questions are related and may be seen as two sides of the same issue. To answer them I run controlled psychological field experiments in places around the world - like Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, or Indonesia - that oscillate between extreme conflict and surprising cooperation. Understanding what feeds into cooperation between groups, and what causes people to kill and die for a cause, may help us to adjudicate the pressing problems all humans have to deal with including maintaining a sustainable environment, protecting rights of the vulnerable, and reducing conflict.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Ethics and Morality
- Intergroup Relations
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Atran, S., & Ginges, J. (2012). Religious and sacred imperatives in human conflict. Science, 336, 855-857.
- Ginges, J. (2005). Youth bulges, civic knowledge, and political upheaval. Psychological Science, 16, 659-661.
- Ginges, J. (1997). Deterring the terrorist: A psychological evaluation of different strategies for deterring terrorism. Terrorism and Political Violence, 9(1), 170-185.
- Ginges, J., & Atran, S. (2013). Sacred values and cultural conflict. In M. J. Gelfand, C. Y. Chiu, & Y. Y. Hong (Eds.), Advances in culture and psychology (Vol. 4). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Ginges, J., & Atran, S. (2011). War as a moral imperative (not just practical politics by other means). Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences.
- Ginges, J., & Atran, S. (2009). What motivates participation in violent political action: Selective incentives or parochial altruism? Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1167, 115-123.
- Ginges, J., & Atran, S. (2008). Humiliation and the inertia effect: Implications for understanding violence and compromise in intractable intergroup conflicts. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 8, 281-294.
- Ginges, J., Atran, S., & Medin, D. (2007). Sacred bounds on rational resolution of violent political conflict. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, 7357-7360. [For supplementary material see http://www.pnas.org/content/suppl/2007/04/16/0701768104.DC1]
- Ginges, J., Atran, S., Sachdeva, S., & Medin, D. (2011). Psychology out of the laboratory: The challenge of violent extremism. American Psychologist, 66, 5017-519.
- Ginges, J., & Cairns, D. (2000). Social representations of multiculturalism: A faceted analysis. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 1345-1370.
- Ginges, J., Hansen, I., & Norenzayan, A. (2009). Religion and support for suicide attacks. Psychological Science, 20, 224-230.
- Ginges, J., & Malhotra, D. K. (2003). Dislike or distrust? The dynamics of non-cooperation among Jewish and Arab Israelis. Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 03-26; 16th Annual IACM Conference Melbourne, Australia.
- Ginges, J., Sheikh, H., Atran, S., & Argo, N. (2016). Thinking from God’s perspective decreases biased valuation of the life of a nonbeliever. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(2), 316-319.
- Malhotra, D. K., & Ginges, J. (2010). Preferring balanced vs. advantageous peace agreements: A study of Israeli attitudes towards a two state solution. Judgment and Decision Making, 5, 420-427.
- Sheikh, H., Ginges, J., Coman, A., & Atran, S. (2012). Religion, group threat and sacred values. Judgment and Decision Making, 7, 110-118.
- Waytz, A., Young, L.L., & Ginges, J. (2014). Motive attribution asymmetry for love vs. hate drives intractable conflict. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. published ahead of print October 20, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1414146111
- Atran, S., & Ginges, J. (2009). How words could end a war. The New York Times, p. WK12.
- Ginges, J., & Atran, S. (2009). Noninstrumental reasoning over sacred values: An Indonesian case study. In D. M. Bartels, C. W. Bauman, L. J. Skitka, & D. L. Medin (Eds.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 50: Moral Judgment and Decision Making. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
- Pintak, L., & Ginges, J. (2008). Misreading the Arab media. The New York Times.
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