Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Joanna Schug

Committee Members

Xiaowen Xu

Emily Moschini


Using a modified trust game paradigm, this study aimed to find US participants’ expectation of in-group trust and in-group favoritism when interacting with assigned in-group members (US responders) and out-group members (Chinese responders) playing four rounds of either US or Chinese allocators. We also examined whether in-group and outgroup trust, in-group stereotypes, collective self-esteem, and political and economic threats as predictors of patterns of trusting behaviors would yield significant results among 182 participants. We found that US participants exhibited no sign of in-group trust and in-group favoritism; they expected the Chinese allocators and Chinese responders would exhibit in-group favoritism. Survey measures only accounted for small and inconsistent amounts of variance within the study.

Key words: in-group favoritism, stereotypes, nationalism, social dilemmas, COVID-19, trust decision-making.

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