PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Hope Shaffer, Chun Liu, Fei Wang.

Title:Evolution of social instincts in within- and between-group conflicts
Seminar:Computational and Applied Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:Sergey Gavrilets, University of Tennessee (Host: A Belmonte)
I model the effects of within-group inequality on the evolution of social instincts, i.e. genetically-based propensities and biases that affect the behavior of individuals in social interactions. First, I consider competitive within-group interactions. I identify a novel mechanism for the evolutionary emergence of the "egalitarian syndrome" and leveling coalitions in which one helps the weak against the strong bully. Second, I study a collective action problem in between-group conflicts and show how bullies can dialectically become "altruists". The mechanisms I describe do not require genetic relatedness, reciprocity, reputation, or punishment.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:09 / 08 / 2014
Time:02:30pm - 03:30pm