game theory

Sometimes people are nasty when it would have been better to be nice.

Guilt, so some people have suggested, is what makes us nice. When we do someone a favour or choose not to exploit someone vulnerable, we do it because we fear the guilt we'd feel otherwise. A team of neuroscientists, psychologists and economists have this month produced some new results in this area, using a model from psychological game theory.

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José-Manuel Rey revisits a scene of the film A beautiful Mind.
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