Public Distrust

Suspicion of government leaders, corporations, and opposing political parties has run amok across the globe. Psychological research reveals what fuels that distrust, and how it can be restored in our communities.

  • Trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in over three decades, analyses of national survey data reveal. More

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    Public Trust Has Dwindled With Rise in Income Inequality

    Trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in over three decades, analyses of national survey data reveal. More

  • People can make better-than-chance judgments about whether unfamiliar politicians have been convicted of corruption simply by looking at their portraits. More

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    People Can Infer Which Politicians Are Corrupt From Their Faces

    People can make better-than-chance judgments about whether unfamiliar politicians have been convicted of corruption simply by looking at their portraits. More

  • A comprehensive report examines the psychological research on the factors that drive public trust and law-related behavior. More

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    Building Public Trust in the Police

    A comprehensive report examines the psychological research on the factors that drive public trust and law-related behavior. More

  • Engaging in basic rituals -- even arbitrary movements -- can make us more likely to trust those who share the same ritual and less likely to trust those who don't. More

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    Group Rituals Can Make Us Biased Against Outsiders

    Engaging in basic rituals -- even arbitrary movements -- can make us more likely to trust those who share the same ritual and less likely to trust those who don't. More

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