Journal article

Culture and cooperation in a spatial public goods game

Alex Stivala, Yoshihisa Kashima, Michael Kirley

PHYSICAL REVIEW E | AMER PHYSICAL SOC | Published : 2016

Abstract

We study the coevolution of culture and cooperation by combining the Axelrod model of cultural dissemination with a spatial public goods game, incorporating both noise and social influence. Both participation and cooperation in public goods games are conditional on cultural similarity. We find that a larger "scope of cultural possibilities" in the model leads to the survival of cooperation, when noise is not present, and a higher probability of a multicultural state evolving, for low noise rates. High noise rates, however, lead to both rapid extinction of cooperation and collapse into cultural "anomie," in which stable cultural regions fail to form. These results suggest that cultural divers..

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Grants

Awarded by Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development Grant


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative Grant on its Peak Computing Facility at the University of Melbourne, an initiative of the Victorian Government, Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

Work by A.S. was supported by the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development Grant No. FA2386-15-1-4020. This research was supported by Australian Research Council Grant No. DP130100845, and Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative Grant No. VR0261 on its Peak Computing Facility at the University of Melbourne, an initiative of the Victorian Government, Australia. We also used the University of Melbourne ITS Research Services high performance computing facility and support services.