Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Social Cooperation and Punishment

A new study found how social cooperation may be linked to social exclusion through punishment.

Through punishment, cooperation may become more apparent and valued in society because organisms have an inherent proclivity against being excluded.

A present example of this is how drivers will have their licenses taken away if they drive under the influence, thus "excluding them from the driving community."

This model shows how, unlike past models, the punisher can be benefitted, which very easily links to the possibly transformation and relationship between punishment and social cooperation. Those who are not excluded feel more welcome, and also find more reason to remain within the group, because of the adverse effects of being excluded.

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