Trust in relationships and societies

Trust is the social glue that holds relationships and societies together. We examine the biological and cultural aspects of trust. We also study how self-control, forgiveness, and sacrifice can promote trust within close relationships. Finally, we examine how one can build, or repair trust, and the roles that gossip might play in the spreading of trust and distrust. By bridging biological and social approaches, we seek to understand how trust and cooperation can be promoted and sustained in relationships and societies at large.

Researchers: Daniel Balliet, Paul van Lange, Francesca Righetti