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Biases for acquiring information individually rather than socially
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, ISSN 0737-4828, Vol. 7, no 4, 309-329 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We discuss theoretical and empirical arguments for a human bias to acquire information individually rather than socially. In particular, we argue that when other people can be observed, information collection is a public good and hence some of the individual variation in the choice between individual and social learning can be explained by variation in social value orientation. We conducted two experimental studies, based on the game Explore & Collect, to test the predictions that (1) socially and individually acquired information of equal objective value are treated differently, and (2) prosocial subjects tend to spend more effort than selfish subjects on individual acquiring of information. Both predictions were supported.

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2009. Vol. 7, no 4, 309-329 p.
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Computational Mathematics Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34118OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-34118DiVA: diva2:284281
Available from: 2010-01-05 Created: 2010-01-05 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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