Dana Nau and colleagues study the evolution of 'Third Party Punishment'
Professor Dr. Dana Nau, two of Dr. Nau's former Ph.D. students: Ryan Carr and Postdoctoral Researcher Patrick Roos, and Psychology Professor Dr. Michele Gelfand study the evolution of 'Third Party Punishment'. Their paper describing the results of this study, "High strength-of-ties and low mobility enable the evolution of third-party punishment" has been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. According to Dr. Nau, "This interdisciplinary research is the first time that cross-cultural psychologists and computational game theorists have collaborated to examine the evolution of third-party punishment. The results suggest that the stronger a community’s social ties and the longer most people stay within the community, the more likely it is that otherwise uninvolved third parties will step forward to punish misbehavior."
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