Distinctive Voices: What Children Reveal About the Origins of Altruism and Fairness
Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020
7:00pm – 9:00pm
What Children Reveal About the Origins of Altruism and Fairness
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM (PST)
Humans are able to cooperate with others in sophisticated, flexible ways: assisting others who need help, working collaboratively in teams, and sharing resources according to what’s ‘fair’. How do humans accomplish these behaviors? In some views, humans are initially driven by purely selfish motives and must be taught to be cooperative. Yet other views suggest we have a biological predisposition for cooperation that emerges early. I will discuss developmental studies with children and comparative studies with chimpanzees that provide insight into the origins of human altruism and fairness, and the factors that shape human cooperation across development.
Felix Warneken, University of Michigan
100 Academy Way