The Lost Boys
inside Muzafer Sherif's Robbers Cave experiment
Uncover the chilling truth behind one of social psychology’s most controversial studies, the Robbers Cave experiment, in this investigative history. Split into two warring groups and encouraged to bully and demonize each other, a group of American boys attended a remote summer camp in 1954. The experiment, conducted by psychologist Muzafer Sherif at the height of the Cold War, had a happy ending as the boys reconciled, proving that under the right conditions, warring groups can make peace. But the true story, far more complex and dramatic, is revealed by author Gina Perry through archival material and new interviews with the now-70-year-old subjects, who were unaware their summer camps were experimental ruses. Don't miss this fascinating exploration of human behavior and the consequences of the Robbers Cave experiment.