A Dominant Social Comparison Heuristic Unites Alternative Mechanisms for the Evolution of Indirect Reciprocity

@inproceedings{Whitaker2016ADS,
  title={A Dominant Social Comparison Heuristic Unites Alternative Mechanisms for the Evolution of Indirect Reciprocity},
  author={Roger M. Whitaker and Gualtiero Colombo and Stuart M. Allen and Robin I M Dunbar},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2016}
}
Cooperation is a fundamental human trait but our understanding of how it functions remains incomplete. Indirect reciprocity is a particular case in point, where one-shot donations are made to unrelated beneficiaries without any guarantee of payback. Existing insights are largely from two independent perspectives: i) individual-level cognitive behaviour in decision making, and ii) identification of conditions that favour evolution of cooperation. We identify a fundamental connection between… CONTINUE READING
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