• Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte (IRBI) - UMR 7261, CNRS / University François-Rabelais of Tours, Tours, France
  • Behavior & Social Evolution, Experimental Evolution, Life History, Reproduction and Sex, Sexual Selection
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Evolutionary robotics simulations help explain why reciprocity is rare in nature.
André J-B, Nolfi S

Recommended by Michael D Greenfield and Joël Meunier
Simulated robots and the evolution of reciprocity

Of the various forms of cooperative and altruistic behavior, reciprocity remains the most contentious. Humans certainly exhibit reciprocity – under certain circumstances – and various non-human animals behave in ways suggesting that they do as well. Thus, evolutionary biologists have sought to explain why non-relatives might engage in altruistic transactions when a substantial delay occurs between helping and compensation; i.e. an individual may be a donor today and a beneficiary tomorrow,...


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