Humans adapt to social diversity over time

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Humans adapt to social diversity over time. / Ribeiro Da Silva Taborda Ramos, Miguel Rui; Bennett, Matthew; Massey, Douglas; Hewstone, Miles.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 116, No. 25, 18.06.2019, p. 12244-12249.

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title = "Humans adapt to social diversity over time",
abstract = "Humans have evolved cognitive processes favoring homogeneity, stability, and structure. These processes are, however, incompatible with a socially diverse world, raising wide academic and political concern about the future of modern societies.With data comprising 22 y of religious diversity worldwide, we show across multiple surveys that humans are inclined to react negatively to threats to homogeneity (i.e., changes in diversity are associated with lower self-reported quality of life, explained by a decrease in trust in others) in the short term. However, these negative outcomes are compensated in the long term by the beneficial influence of intergroup contact, which alleviates initial negative influences. This research advances knowledge that can foster peaceful coexistence in a new era defined by globalization and a socially diverse future.",
keywords = "social diversity, trust, intergroup contact, well-being, health",
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year = "2019",
month = jun,
day = "18",
doi = "10.1073/pnas.1818884116",
language = "English",
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pages = "12244--12249",
journal = "National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings",
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publisher = "National Academy of Sciences",
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