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Pseudocompetition among groups increases human cooperation in a public-goods game

Abstract:

Economic games are often used in an attempt to reveal the underlying preferences or motivations that govern human behaviour. However, this approach relies on the implicit assumption that individuals are rational and fully aware of the consequences of their decisions. We examined behaviour in a standard economic game that is often used to measure social preferences: the public-goods game. We found that giving information to individuals about the relative success of their group led to (1) signi...

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Burton-Chellew, MN More by this author
Journal:
Animal Behaviour
Volume:
84
Issue:
4
Pages:
947-952
Publication date:
2012-10-05
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ISSN:
0003-3472
URN:
uuid:54f01aa0-a844-408b-a740-aa6cc33c51fb
Source identifiers:
354811
Local pid:
pubs:354811

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