The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism

@inproceedings{Trivers1971TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism},
  author={Robert E. Trivers},
  year={1971}
}
  • Robert E. Trivers
  • Published 1971
  • Biology
  • A model is presented to account for the natural selection of what is termed reciprocally altruistic behavior. [...] Key Result Specifically, friendship, dislike, moralistic aggression, gratitude, sympathy, trust, suspicion, trustworthiness, aspects of guilt, and some forms of dishonesty and hypocrisy can be explained as important adaptations to regulate the altruistic system. Each individual human is seen as possessing altruistic and cheating tendencies, the expression of which is sensitive to developmental…Expand Abstract

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