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Title: Cognitive and Motivational Requirements for the Emergence of Cooperation in a Rat Social Game
Authors: Viana, DS.
Gordo, I.
Sucena, E.
Moita, M.A.P.
Keywords: TIT-FOR-TAT
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2010
Publisher: Plos
Citation: Viana, DS., Gordo, I., Sucena, E., Moita, MAP. (2010) “ Cognitive and motivational requirements for the emergence of cooperation in a rat social game”. Plos One. 5 (1): 1-9
Abstract: Background: Game theory and the Prisoner's Dilemma (PD) game in particular, which captures the paradox of cooperative interactions that lead to benefits but entail costs to the interacting individuals, have constituted a powerful tool in the study of the mechanisms of reciprocity. However, in non-human animals most tests of reciprocity in PD games have resulted in sustained defection strategies. As a consequence, it has been suggested that under such stringent conditions as the PD game humans alone have evolved the necessary cognitive abilities to engage in reciprocity, namely, numerical discrimination, memory and control of temporal discounting.
ISSN: 1932-6203
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