A roundup of some interesting recent findings about the predictors and roots of trust and trustworthy behaviour:
- Moral judgment. Those who make moral judgments behave in more trustworthy ways, and are more likely to expect trustworthy behaviour from others.
- Age. We become trustors sometime between kindergarden and elementary school, research suggests — possibly because older children become more aware of the possibility of reciprocity that makes trust pay off.
- Lower testosterone. That big hairy fella with the rugged jawline? Probably not as trusting. People with higher testosterone tend to be higher in “indiscriminate social suspicion“.
- Racial integration. People from areas with greater racial integration tend to be less distrusting than those who live in racially-segregated cities, some US data suggest. Score another point for the contact hypothesis.