To be cooperative or selfish: individual decisions in a model society [ 2010 - 2012 ]

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Researchers A/Prof SC Griffith; Dr AF Russell; Prof S Edwards

Brief description Understanding the basis of cooperative behaviour is a major challenge to biological and social science. Our ability to deal with problems such as global warming and the rapid loss of biodiversity, will depend upon an unprecedented level of cooperation between individuals and countries. Our work will use an animal model that shares a number of key characteristics with the societies of our early human ancestors to explore, through experiments and detailed molecular analysis, the basis of cooperative interactions between individuals. This work will uncover the key principles that drive the evolution of cooperation in society and will help us to understand the basis of one the most important components of human nature.

Funding Amount $298,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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