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Understanding the social dynamics that cause cooperation to thrive, or fail

July 17, 2018

Examples of cooperation abound in nature, from honeybee hives to human families. Yet it’s also easy enough to…
More than recess: How playing on the swings helps kids learn to cooperate

April 20, 2017

A favorite childhood pastime — swinging on the playground swing set — also may be teaching kids how…
Cooperation helps mammals survive in tough environments

January 25, 2017

New research suggests that cooperative breeding makes mammal species such as meerkats better suited to dry, harsh climates.…
Researchers discover altruism is favoured by chance

July 21, 2016

An international team of researchers, publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that…
Do We Have Free Will?

March 3, 2016

Arriving home from work to find your partner toiling away in the kitchen, odds are you’ll jump in…
Tech transfer catalyst for chemical manufacturing innovation

December 10, 2015

The commercialisation of a range of Australian technologies will be rapidly accelerated, thanks to a new technology transfer…
Research suggests good rules can instill ‘habits of virtue’

September 18, 2015

Rules that encourage cooperative behavior lead people to develop altruistic responses even in new contexts, a new Yale-led…
Autonomy, Advanced Materials in Focus as ONR, Indian Scientists Meet

September 11, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va.—Answering the call from the Chief of Naval Operations to help build and strengthen international partnerships, the Office…
Game played in sync increases children’s perceived similarity, closeness

April 9, 2015

What helps children who have just met form a connection? A new study shows that a simple game…
Game Theory Casts Doubt on Cooperation

February 17, 2015

The best-regarded solutions to the famous Prisoner’s Dilemma – a canonical game theory thought-experiment where players must decide…
Can leaders undermine cooperation in groups led by them?

January 7, 2015

Leaders are needed to maintain cooperation among members of a collectivity. But what happens when personal ambitions do…
Very young children imitate their peers to fit in, while great apes tend to stick to their own preferences

November 5, 2014

Children and chimpanzees often follow the group when they want to learn something new. But do they actually…
Rivalry does not reinforce cooperation within competing groups? Field data contradicts results of empirical studies

August 25, 2014

Although armed conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland was resolved, tensions remain. The fact that these…
Autonomous robots: A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm

August 18, 2014

Following simple programmed rules, autonomous robots arrange themselves into vast, complex shapes In this video Kilobots self-assemble in…
Lost letters reveal that ethnic diversity undermines cooperation

July 31, 2014

Ethnic heterogeneity undermines cooperation. This is the conclusion of the new study recently published in Political Psychology. Authors…
What is the logical foundation of human cooperation?

July 9, 2014

One of the distinctive features of human species is our ability to cooperate. Human infants are known to…
UCLA faculty voice: Corporations are people, and they have more rights than you

July 1, 2014

Ever since Citizens United, the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision allowing unlimited corporate and union spending on political issues, Americans…
Even preschoolers are sensitive to free riding

June 25, 2014

Psychologists obtained interesting results, which revise our knowledge about development of cooperative behavior. The new empirical study, conducted…
Collisions with Robots – without Risk of Injury

June 9, 2014

Teamwork between humans and robots will be the motto of the future. But robots may not injure humans…
What are the specifics of human cooperation?

April 17, 2014

Scientists claim that human ability to cooperate is one of the cornerstones of human evolutionary success and the…
Sharing and giving during adolescence: an experimental study

April 16, 2014

Lots of research works in the contemporary social science are devoted to the exploration of the so called…
Racial categorization level is reduced during cooperation, scientists claim

April 9, 2014

“In Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a crew of black and Latino teenage boys say they can no longer think…
China, US move toward cooperation in space

January 13, 2014

China seems more open to international cooperation in space, experts say China—which until now has worked alone as…
Employers step in to prevent worker burnout

December 3, 2013

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman, center, oversees his employees at company headquarters,…
Nice organisms finish first: Why cooperators always win in the long run

August 1, 2013

Leading physicists last year turned game theory on its head by giving selfish players a sure bet to…
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