Cognitive psychology and Altruistic Punishment Explain altruistic punishment and how it is assessed
in game theory experiments before discussing how altruistic punishment relates to optimal decision theory and emotions”
Relate to biology, cognition, and psychology.
Cooperation is a defining characteristic of human social behavior. More than any other species, humans entertain elaborate systems of cooperation that transcend genetic relatedness, geographic proximity, and temporal immediacy. Recent evidence has demonstrated that altruistic punishment is a key behavioral mechanism in the evolution of human cooperation. We show that interpersonal similarity increases reciprocal altruistic punishment. Importantly, this influence of similarity is not explained by group identity, which has the opposite effect on altruistic punishment.