About this Research Topic
Contrary to positive benefits of trust, its pitfalls are related to cheating behavior and potential corruption. For instance, it has been found that trust among in-group members may facilitate unethical behavior of those tempted to boost their personal profit by bending ethical rules and justifying it by focusing on the benefits these members provide to their in-group.
The purpose of this Research Topic is threefold: 1. To identify how people actually behave in situations of trust and what are the psychological and situational factors that foster trust, moral behavior, and prosociality in general. 2. To unravel the extent to which trust settings may drive people to behave in immoral and counter productive ways. By identifying how people behave in these challenging situations we could foster practical interventions and public policy to encourage ethical and beneficial human interaction. 3. To clarify the importance of trust to effective cooperation, or potential cultural differences underlying this relationship.
To achieve this goal, the Research Topics will feature studies that advance current social theory, examine the cognitive processes that underlie trust and focus on both positive and negative sides of human interaction.
We encourage submissions that fall broadly into one of the following areas, but submissions in related areas that include valuable discussions in these directions will also be considered:
• Theoretical advances in trust
• The cognitive and physiological processes underlying trust behavior
• Field and laboratory experiments on human trust interactions and moral behavior
• Cross-cultural investigations regarding trust, cooperation and morality
• Advances on the relation between trust, cooperation and morality
• Practical interventions, public policies and organizational tools aiming at improving trust and discourage dishonesty
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.