The Evolutionary Basis of Honor Cultures

  title={The Evolutionary Basis of Honor Cultures},
  author={A. Nowak and M. Gelfand and W. Borkowski and D. Cohen and I. Hern{\'a}ndez},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={12 - 24}
  • A. Nowak, M. Gelfand, +2 authors I. Hernández
  • Published 2016
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Psychological Science
  • Around the globe, people fight for their honor, even if it means sacrificing their lives. This is puzzling from an evolutionary perspective, and little is known about the conditions under which honor cultures evolve. We implemented an agent-based model of honor, and our simulations showed that the reliability of institutions and toughness of the environment are crucial conditions for the evolution of honor cultures. Honor cultures survive when the effectiveness of the authorities is low, even… CONTINUE READING

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