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2013-12-11 11:53:46

UMD psychologist, computer scientists use game theory to explain complex human behavior You're shopping for holiday gifts when you spot someone pocketing a nice pair of leather gloves. What do you do? A new study by University of Maryland researchers appearing this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B predicts that whether you alert a manager to the theft or decide to do nothing may depend on whether you're shopping in a local store where you know the owners or in a city far...

2013-07-01 23:23:01

One of the most effective ways to increase happiness is to lower expectations. Most of us have expectations that are unrealistically high, and, as a result, when they are not fulfilled, we are disappointed. St. Marys, GA (PRWEB) July 01, 2013 Lowering expectations to avoid disappointment is a form of mind control that leads to less sadness and greater happiness. People's minds generally are responsible for determining how “happy” they are in life, assuming enough to eat and...

2013-03-21 10:07:34

Children understand sharing norms early, but follow the rules only from age 7 onward The authors note, "People who spend time with young children will know that they often favor themselves when sharing, but surprisingly they endorse equal sharing not just by other people but also in their own case. In our research, we were able to rule out a number of explanations for this early gap between word and deed." When the researchers gave 3-8-year-olds stickers they valued and asked them about...

2013-02-13 15:00:36

Governments need to create environmental policies that populations will over time accept as normal Researchers should study how people's social and personal norms are influenced by behavior and use their insights to help governments promote pro-environmental actions, a distinguished group of scholars writes in the March issue of BioScience. The authors maintain that effective policies induce not only short-term changes in behavior but also long-term changes in norms. More effective...

Children Have High Expectations When It Comes To Social Norms
2012-07-27 13:32:24

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Give attention to people who are talking. Wait in line to show courtesy to the person in front. These are just a few of the social norms that are observed on a daily basis. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology recently set out to better understand how social norms are acquired. Social norms are based off of experiences with other people; an individual will mimic the way other people do things...

2012-04-18 21:50:34

The willingness of people to punish others who lie, cheat, steal or violate other social norms even when they weren´t harmed and don´t stand to benefit personally, is a distinctly human behavior. There is scant evidence that other animals, even other primates, behave in this “I punish you because you harmed him” fashion. Although this behavior — called third-party punishment — has long been institutionalized in human legal systems and economists have...

2011-05-26 21:25:17

In today's world, conflicts and misunderstandings frequently arise between those who are from more restrictive cultures and those from less restrictive ones. Now, a new international study led by the University of Maryland offers insights that may help bridge such cultural differences. Published in the May 27 issue of the journal Science, the study for the first time assesses the degree to which countries are restrictive versus permissive and what factors have made them that way. The...

2011-03-11 16:43:09

Study co-authored by Columbia Business School professor and Harvard University Ph.D finds that incentives can allow free riders to abuse environments that follow informal norm enforcement A study by Professor Stephan Meier, Assistant Professor, Management at Columbia Business School, and co-author Andreas Fuster, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University Department of Economics, which was published in Management Science, an INFORMSR publication, found that while monetary incentives in the...

2010-07-08 07:00:00

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ProGreen Properties, Inc. (ProGreen) (OTCBB: PGEI), www.progreenproperties.com. ProGreen is proud to announce that it will be featured on the nationally televised show, "Today in America". The program is hosted by Terry Bradshaw, to many best known as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Since retiring in 1984, Bradshaw has been a familiar face on television, has become an accomplished author as well as a highly sought-after...

2010-03-19 10:16:10

Researchers have long been puzzled by large societies in which strangers routinely engage in voluntary acts of kindness, respect and mutual benefit even though there is often an individual cost involved. While evolutionary forces associated with kinship and reciprocity can explain such cooperative behavior among other primates, these forces do not easily explain similar behavior in large, unrelated groups, like those that most humans live in. A new study co-authored by University of...