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Indirect reciprocity is sensitive to costs of information transfer

Suzuki, Shinsuke and Kimura, Hiromichi (2013) Indirect reciprocity is sensitive to costs of information transfer. Scientific Reports, 3 . Art. No. 1435. ISSN 2045-2322. PMCID PMC3595703. doi:10.1038/srep01435. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20130405-091209763

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Abstract

How natural selection can promote cooperative or altruistic behavior is a fundamental question in biological and social sciences. One of the persuasive mechanisms is "indirect reciprocity," working through reputation: cooperative behavior can prevail because the behavior builds the donor's good reputation and then s/he receives some reciprocal benefits from someone else in the community. However, an important piece missed in the previous studies is that the reputation-building process requires substantial cognitive abilities such as communication skills, potentially causing a loss of biological fitness. Here, by mathematical analyses and individual-based computer simulations, we show that natural selection never favors indirect reciprocal cooperation in the presence of the cost of reputation building, regardless of the cost-to-benefit ratio of cooperation or moral assessment rules (social norms). Our results highlight the importance of considering the cost of high-level cognitive abilities in studies of the evolution of humans' and animals' social behavior.


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Suzuki, Shinsuke0000-0002-9816-9423
Additional Information:© 2013 Nature Publishing Group. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareALike 3.0 Unported License. Received 3 January 2013; Accepted 25 February 2013; Published 13 March 2013. This research was partially supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and a Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, 2011–2013, #232648. Author contributions: S.S. and H.K. designed and performed the research; S.S. wrote the paper.
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Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)UNSPECIFIED
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)232648
Subject Keywords:Computational models; Population dynamics; Evolutionary theory; Social evolution
PubMed Central ID:PMC3595703
DOI:10.1038/srep01435
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Official Citation:Suzuki S, Kimura H. Indirect reciprocity is sensitive to costs of information transfer. Scientific Reports. 2013;3:1435. doi:10.1038/srep01435.
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