Understanding cooperation through fitness interdependence

C Athena Aktipis, Lee Cronk, Joe Alcock, Jessica D. Ayers, Cristina Baciu, Daniel Balliet, Amy M. Boddy, Oliver Scott Curry, Jaimie Arona Krems, Andrés Muñoz, Daniel Sullivan, Daniel Sznycer, Gerald S. Wilkinson, Pamela Winfrey

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Some acts of human cooperation are not easily explained by traditional models of kinship or reciprocity. Fitness interdependence may provide a unifying conceptual framework, in which cooperation arises from the mutual dependence for survival or reproduction, as occurs among mates, risk-pooling partnerships and brothers-in-arms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-431
Number of pages3
JournalNature Human Behaviour
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Aktipis, C. A., Cronk, L., Alcock, J., Ayers, J. D., Baciu, C., Balliet, D., Boddy, A. M., Curry, O. S., Krems, J. A., Muñoz, A., Sullivan, D., Sznycer, D., Wilkinson, G. S., & Winfrey, P. (2018). Understanding cooperation through fitness interdependence. Nature Human Behaviour, 2(7), 429-431. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0378-4