Altruistic punishment: What field data can (and cannot) demonstrate

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The rarity of altruistic punishment in small-scale societies should not be interpreted as evidence that altruistic punishment is not an important determinant of cooperation in general. While it is essential to collect field data on altruistic punishment, this kind of data has limitations. Laboratory experiments can help shed light on the role of altruistic punishment in the wild.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-33
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

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Altruistic punishment : What field data can (and cannot) demonstrate. / Nikiforakis, Nikos.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.02.2012, p. 32-33.

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