Category Archives: Groups

Can the Brain Resist the Group Opinion?

Even when people adjust their view as a result of social influence, their brain activity shows traces of prior disagreements. Scientists at HSE University have learned that disagreeing with the opinion of other people leaves a ‘trace’ in brain activity, … Continue reading

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Cultural group selection and human cooperation: a conceptual and empirical review

Cultural group selection has been proposed as an explanation for humans’ highly cooperative nature. This theory argues that social learning mechanisms, combined with rewards and punishment, can stabilize any group behavior, cooperative or not. Equilibrium selection can then operate, resulting in cooperative groups … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Significance of Affect in Groups: Communication and Group Bonding

Recent theorizing and research have attempted to explicate the functions of moods and emotions within small groups. In this paper, we examine these areas and suggest that affect in groups, as well as specific mechanisms to regulate and maintain certain … Continue reading

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Stigmergic Collaboration: The Evolution of Group Work

The steady rise of Wikipedia.org and the Open Source software movement has been one of the big surprises of the 21st century, threatening stalwarts such as Microsoft and Britannica, while simultaneously offering insights into the emergence of large-scale peer production … Continue reading

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