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A dominant social comparison heuristic unites alternative mechanisms for the evolution of indirect reciprocity

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Cooperation is a fundamental human trait but our understanding of how it functions remains incomplete. Indirect reciprocity is a particular case in point, where one-shot donations are made to unrelated beneficiaries without any guarantee of payback. Existing insights are largely from two independent perspectives: i) individual-level cognitive behaviour in decision making, and ii) identification of conditions that favour evolution of cooperation. We identify a fundamental connection between th...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1038/srep31459

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Scientific Reports Journal website
Volume:
6
Issue:
1
Pages:
31459
Publication date:
2016-08-12
Acceptance date:
2016-07-15
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EISSN:
2045-2322
ISSN:
2045-2322
Pubs id:
pubs:640507
URN:
uri:56b69577-8784-48cc-8719-ebdb63d81bee
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uuid:56b69577-8784-48cc-8719-ebdb63d81bee
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pubs:640507

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