The Good, the Bad, and the Rare: Memory for Partners in Social Interactions

@inproceedings{Volstorf2011TheGT,
  title={The Good, the Bad, and the Rare: Memory for Partners in Social Interactions},
  author={Jenny Volstorf and J{\"o}rg Rieskamp and Jeffrey R. Stevens},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
For cooperation to evolve via direct reciprocity, individuals must track their partners' behavior to avoid exploitation. With increasing size of the interaction group, however, memory becomes error prone. To decrease memory effort, people could categorize partners into types, distinguishing cooperators and cheaters. We explored two ways in which people might preferentially track one partner type: remember cheaters or remember the rare type in the population. We assigned participants to one of… CONTINUE READING
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