News & Views | Published:

PSYCHOLOGY

Willingness to fight and die

What would motivate someone to willingly enter frontline combat against the Islamic State? New research finds three compelling reasons: commitment to some sacred values, forsaking commitment to their own kin for those same values, and belief in the spiritual strength of one’s own group compared to that of the enemy.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1.

    Gómez, Á. et al. Nat. Hum. Behav. 1, 0193 (2017).

  2. 2

    Atran, S. Curr. Anthropol. 57, S192–S203 (2016).

Download references

Author information

Correspondence to John G. Horgan.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark