Realistic Conflict Theory: The Psychology of War and Peace

In the summer of 1954, a school bus with a group of 12-year old boys arrived at Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma. The boys thought they were going camping. Their parents at home believed the sponsored trip had something to do with leadership. None of them knew that they were actually part of a controversial experiment on realistic conflict resolution.

SUPPORT us to make more videos! 🐦:

DOWNLOAD video without ads and background music 🤫:

SIGN UP to our mailing list and never miss a new video from us 🔔:

SOURCES and teaching resources 🎓:

VISIT our website 🌐:

CONTRIBUTE by upvoting your favorite topic or suggesting new ones :

THANKS to our patrons
This video was made with the support of our Patrons: Alex Rodriguez, Andrea Basillio Rava, Angela, ArkiTechy, Artur, azad bel, Badrah, Cedric.Wang, Daniele Diniz, David Markham, Delandric Webb, Digital INnov8ors, Dr. Matthias Müller-Mellin, Duane Bemister, Eva Marie Koblin, Fatenah G Issa, Floris Devreese, Frari63, Gerry Labelle, Ginger, Harmoniac Design, ICH KANN DEUTSCH UND ES WAR EINFACH!, Jana Heinze, Jannes Kroon, Jeffrey Cassianna, Joanne Doyle, John Burghardt, Jonathan Schwarz, Jorge Luis Mejia Velazquez, Khadijah Sellers, Leonel, Linus Linderoth, Liskaya, Marcel, María, martin, Mathis Nu, Mezes.Macko, Michael Paradis, Mindozone, Natalie O’Brien, Nicki, Okan Elibol, Oweeda Newton, Peter Bishop, Raymond Fujioka, Roel Vermeulen, Scott Gregory, scripz, Sebastian Huaytan Meder, Si, Stefan Gros, Stephen Clark, Stuart Bishop, Susan Schuster, Takashi HIROSE, Tristan Scifo, Victor Paweletz, Yvonne Clapham, Zlatko Minev and all the others.Thank you! To join them visit

Script: Jonas Koblin
Artist: Pascal Gaggelli
Voice: Matt Abbott
Coloring: Nalin
Editing: Peera Lertsukittipongsa
Sound Design: Miguel Ojeda
Fact-checking: Ludovico Saint Amour Di Chanaz
Production: Selina Bador

Toys Are Alive – Studio Le Bus
My Banjo – RimskyMusic
Terror Avenue – Jace Pierce
Midnight Mischief – Jonathan Boyle

DIG DEEPER with these top videos, games and resources:
Read about Lutfy Diab, who repeated the experiment with 18 boys from Beirut. The ‘Blue Ghost’ and ‘Red Genies’ groups each contained 5 Christians and 4 Muslims. Fighting soon broke out, not Christian vs Muslim but Blue vs Red.

Read about social judgment theory, a self-persuasion theory proposed by Carolyn Sherif, Muzafer Sherif, and Carl Hovland.

Read more about realistic conflict theory.

Watch original photography footage from the camp.


To view suggested classroom activity for this topic, check out our website!

00:00 Introduction
00:14 The Robbers cave experiment
01:01 In-group formation
01:46 Friction phase
02:32 Conflict resolution
03:29 Four findings
03:59 Realistic conflict theory
04:55 What do you think?
05:31 Patron credits
05:40 Ending

#sproutslearning #psychology #conflict