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ERIC Number: EJ804811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0749-5978
Judgments about Cooperators and Freeriders on a Shuar Work Team: An Evolutionary Psychological Perspective
Price, Michael E.
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, v101 n1 p20-35 Sep 2006
Evolutionary biological theories of group cooperation predict that (1) group members will tend to judge cooperative co-members favorably, and freeriding co-members negatively and (2) members who themselves cooperate more frequently will be especially likely to make these social judgments. An experiment tested these predictions among Shuar hunter-horticulturalists. Subjects viewed depictions of pairs of workers who varied in the extent to which they had contributed to, and benefited from, a team project. Subjects were then asked to judge which worker deserved more respect, and which deserved more punishment. When judging between unequal-contributors, all subjects tended to favor more cooperative (i.e., higher-contributing) workers. However, when judging between equal-contributors/unequal-benefiters, male subjects who themselves often engaged in team cooperation tended to favor more cooperative (i.e., lower-benefiting) workers, while subjects who were female and who therefore rarely engaged in team cooperation tended to favor less cooperative (i.e., higher-benefiting) workers. (Contains 6 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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