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Predicting trustworthiness across cultures: An experiment

Adam Zylbersztejn (), Zakaria Babutsidze and Nobuyuki Hanaki ()
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Adam Zylbersztejn: GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne - Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon - Saint-Etienne - ENS de Lyon - École normale supérieure de Lyon - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - UJM - Université Jean Monnet - Saint-Étienne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: We contribute to the ongoing debate in the psychological literature on the role of thin slices of observable information in predicting others' social behavior, and its generalizability to cross-cultural interactions. We experimentally assess the degree to which subjects, drawn from culturally dierent populations (France and Japan), are able to predict strangers' trustworthiness based on a set of visual stimuli (mugshot pictures, neutral videos, loaded videos, all recorded in an additional French sample) under varying cultural distance to the target agent in the recording. Our main nding is that cultural distance is not detrimental for predicting trustworthiness in strangers, but that it may aect the perception of dierent components of communication in social interactions.

Keywords: Trustworthiness; communication; hidden action game; cross-cultural comparison; laboratory experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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Published in Frontiers in Psychology, 2021, 12, pp.727550. ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2021.727550⟩

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DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.727550

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