Behavioral Bio & Cultural Evolution

2018 Sep 27

HEB Colloquium: "Third Party Monitoring and the Evolution of Reciprocity"

Location: 

Haller Hall, Geological Museum Room 102, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Professor Robert Boyd

Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

 

Cooperation based on reciprocity is undermined by perception errors, mistakes that cause interacting individuals to disagree about past behavior. Strategies like Win-Stay-Lose-Shift (WSLS) and Generous Tit for Tat (GTFT) can reestablish cooperation following a perception error but only when errors arise infrequently. Here I introduce a strategy that relies on third-party arbitration to resolve disagreements, and show that...

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Martin Surbeck

Dr. Martin Surbeck

Assistant Professor (starting Fall 2019)

Reproductive strategies are believed to be one of the major forces that shape the variability we observe in social organization among mammals. My research...

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Tiffany Hwang

Tiffany Hwang

Culture, Cognition, & Coevolution Lab Manager
I earned a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles in 2018. During my undergrad, I completed a senior honors thesis through the... Read more about Tiffany Hwang
Joseph Henrich

Dr. Joseph Henrich

Chair, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology

Joseph Henrich's research focuses on evolutionary approaches to psychology, decision-making and culture, and includes...

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Office Location:
Museum of Comparative Zoology 533D
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Mailing Address:
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Richard W. Wrangham

Dr. Richard W. Wrangham

Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology
(On sabbatical Spring 2019)
Director of Graduate Studies, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies (Fall 2018)

Richard Wrangham (PhD, Cambridge University, 1975) is Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and founded the Kibale...

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