2020 applicants
Interacting with the World

Trust and interdependence

Do people go mad with power?

Can you rely on strangers to lend a helping hand?

  • Are we better off competing or cooperating?
  • Should you forgive your partner for forgetting your birthday?
  • Are the benefits of depending on others worth the risks of vulnerability?

Our internationally recognised researchers explore these questions and others as they examine how trust and interdependence guide social interactions, self-perceptions, thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

We draw from social psychological and evolutionary theories, as well as use a range of experimental methods in order to understand our place in world through our dependence on and our trust in our interactions with others. We also work in related areas including interpersonal relationships, and risk, judgement and decision making.