Social dilemmas and human cooperation


Social dilemmas are everywhere in society. To resolve them, humans need to cooperate for the benefit of the group or the society to which they belong. We study different forms of cooperation both in the laboratory (economic games) and in the field with the use of behavioral and neuropsychological techniques. It is vital to understand the biological, social and psychological mechanisms underlying human cooperation, because this might help in resolving social dilemmas. In one project we look at the role of moral disgust in fostering cooperation. In another project we examine whether there are reputation benefits associated with green behaviors for individuals and organizations. We also examine social dilemmas between groups. Finally, we examine the role of individual differences in the extent to which people cooperate in resolving social dilemmas.

Researchers: Daniel Balliet, Paul van Lange, Joshua Tybur, Mark van Vugt, Sophie van der Zee