The evolution of (un)fairness: the influence of inequity on cooperation

Sarah Brosnan delivered this talk on May 8, 2015 at the Institute for Social Sciences conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today. Brosnan is an associate professor of psychology and a member of the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University.

One of Brosnan's current projects is a NSF funded investigation comparing three species of nonhuman primates and humans in their response to a cooperative economic game. Currently Brosnan and her colleagues are investigating whether these species will cooperate when given the opportunity to do so and how factors such as partner identity, equity in payoffs, and the context of the task affect their performance.

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The 2015 ISS conference series showcased world-class research by social scientists across UC Davis and by top researchers from across the country. Each day of the conference focused on a unique aspect of inquiry, including people in societies, perceptions and reality and the role of social networks in decision making. This conference was co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change.