Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

NPR provides a quick overview of the human drive to reciprocate

Posted 26 Nov 2012 / 0

National Public Radio ShotsGive And Take: How The Rule Of Reciprocation Binds Us

I appreciate the far-ranging nature of this piece, and how it applies a basic understanding of reciprocity to larger social phenomena. There is not much here about how genetic and environmental factors modify how reciprocal people choose to behave; while there is the implication that reciprocity may be universal (and therefore perhaps at least somewhat influenced by genes), there is also plenty in this piece that suggests that we culturally teach reciprocity.

A Minor Post, Behavior, Cooperation, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Evolution, Emotion, Ethics, Evolutionary Psychology, Human Evolution, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Radio & Podcasts, Reciprocity, Reputation, Social Norms, Sociology

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