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Contact networks have no influence on cooperation among individuals

Contact networks have no influence on cooperation among individuals | Social and Behavioural Sciences I (The Good) | Scoop.it

Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid and the University of Zaragoza theoretically predict, in a scientific study, that contact networks have no influence on cooperation among individuals.

 

For the past twenty years, there has been a great controversy regarding whether the structure of interactions among individuals (that is, if the existence of a certain contact network or social network) helps to foment cooperation among them in situations in which not cooperating brings benefits without generating the costs of helping. Many theoretical studies have analyzed this subject, but the conclusions have been contradictory, since the way in which people make decisions is almost always based on a hypothesis of the models with very little basis to justify it.

 

The study carried out by these university researchers adopts a pioneering perspective on the theoretical study of the emergence of cooperation: rather than postulating that people make decisions according to one procedure or another, it incorporates the results obtained in experiments designed precisely to analyze how people decide whether to cooperate or not. The authors of the study are professors from the Interdisciplinary Complex Systems Group (Grupo Interdisciplinar de Sistemas Complejos - GISC) of the Mathematics Department of Carlos III University of Madrid, José Cuesta and Ángel Sánchez, together with Carlos Gracia and Yamir Moreno, from the Complex Systems and Networks Group (Grupo de Redes y Sistemas Complejos - COSNET Lab) of the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos - BIFI) of the University of Zaragoza. Their study was recently published in Scientific Reports, Nature's new open access magazine.


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How Social Networking and Gamification Supercharged Google’s Internal Sales Training Effort | Social Media Today

How Social Networking and Gamification Supercharged Google’s Internal Sales Training Effort | Social Media Today | Social and Behavioural Sciences I (The Good) | Scoop.it
Google SalesPro (screenshot) After discovering that 80% of employees were putting it off until the last minute, Google used social media and gamification to reinvent their internal online sales training program.
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[1212.2142] Universality in voting behavior: an empirical analysis

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Hibridation: Physics and Society

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Death by Algorithm: West Point Code Shows Which Terrorists Should Disappear First | Danger Room | Wired.com

Death by Algorithm: West Point Code Shows Which Terrorists Should Disappear First | Danger Room | Wired.com | Social and Behavioural Sciences I (The Good) | Scoop.it
Paulo Shakarian has an algorithm that might one day help dismantle al-Qaida -- or at least one of its lesser affiliates.
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SNA ways

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Social Usability checklist • Intense Minimalism

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Davide Casali: Hybrid Interaction Designer talks about design, psychology, technology with an attitude mixing simplicity and complexity.
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ANTHROPOLOGY–The Definitive Definition (2nd edition)

ANTHROPOLOGY–The Definitive Definition (2nd edition) | Social and Behavioural Sciences I (The Good) | Scoop.it
ANTHROPOLOGY–DEFINITION an·thro·pol·o·gy  /ˌanTHrəˈpäləjē/ Noun The professional looting of other cultures, by persons with few original or significant ideas of their own. Institutionalized r...
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Facebook Likely to End Experiment With Democracy

Facebook Likely to End Experiment With Democracy | Social and Behavioural Sciences I (The Good) | Scoop.it
Facebook's brief experiment with direct user democracy -- introduced after a major privacy imbroglio -- is apparently at an end. It was a policy that never amounted to much in the first place.
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Unicorn-riding Techno Utopians: ideology can be pretty and shiny, but reality tends to win.

 

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F.A.Z.-Column by Emanuel Derman: Misbehavioral Psychology - FAZ.NET

F.A.Z.-Column by Emanuel Derman: Misbehavioral Psychology - FAZ.NET | Social and Behavioural Sciences I (The Good) | Scoop.it
This is my tale of disappointment, of ground-breaking research gone awry and then embraced as a tool for political manipulation.
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