Quality versus quantity of social ties in experimental cooperative networks

  title={Quality versus quantity of social ties in experimental cooperative networks},
  author={Hirokazu Shirado and Feng Fu and James H. Fowler and Nicholas A. Christakis},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
Recent studies suggest that allowing individuals to choose their partners can help to maintain cooperation in human social networks; this behaviour can supplement behavioural reciprocity, whereby humans are influenced to cooperate by peer pressure. However, it is unknown how the rate of forming and breaking social ties affects our capacity to cooperate. Here we use a series of online experiments involving 1,529 unique participants embedded in 90 experimental networks, to show that there is a… CONTINUE READING
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