Events / SBSI Brown Bag Seminar: Kris Smith

SBSI Brown Bag Seminar: Kris Smith

February 28, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Location: Room 357 Levin Building


Kris Smith
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania


Partner choice and the evolution of human cooperation: Evidence from hunter-gatherers


Humans cooperate to an unparalleled scope and degree in the animal kingdom. How did this propensity to cooperate with strangers evolve? One hypothesis is that our ability to choose who we interact with created a competitive market to be chosen as a social partner, selecting for traits that made us desirable as partners, such as being cooperative. I will present data from Hadza hunter-gatherers that cast doubt on the partner choice hypothesis.