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Behav Brain Sci. 2016 Jan;39:e158. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X15001466.

Group behavior in the military may provide a unique case.

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Brown University,Department of Political Science,Providence,RI 02902.rose_mcdermott@brown.edu.

Abstract

The optimal functioning of male coalitionary behavior 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.

PMID:
28355791
DOI:
10.1017/S0140525X15001466
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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