University of Maryland Psychology Professor Michele Gelfand and colleagues found that countries such as Japan, Korea, Singapore and Pakistan are much tighter whereas countries such as the Ukraine, Israel, Brazil and the United States are looser. This is a suburban street in Marne, Germany, one of the tighter countries surveyed.
University of Maryland Psychology Professor Michele Gelfand discusses recent research that investigates the "tightness" and "looseness" of 33 countries. "Tight" refers to nations that have strong social norms and low tolerance for deviation from those norms, whereas another term, "loose," refers to nations with weak social norms and a high tolerance for deviation from those norms.
Credit: University of Maryland/National Science Foundation
The researchers' work is described in the May 27, 2011 issue of the journal Science.
Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011
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