Social dilemmas, as the famous Prisoner’s Dilemma, are an intrinsic part of our society. For many years, they have aroused the curiosity of many scientists interested in revealing the true motivations of human behavior and under what specific conditions people tend to cooperate or defect. It is thus becoming clear that there is a need to conduct experiments that validate or refute the different mechanisms suggested in relation to the emergence human cooperation in specific contexts. We started to work on the subject of evolutionary dynamics thinking on general problems in the biological and sociological fields.
Our objectives are therefore:
To develop a platform (software and hardware, including communications) that allows carrying out socio-economic or techno-social experiments with a number of participants in the order of thousands.
To implement the findings of the experiments in terms of models and simulation modules that would make it possible the realistic modeling of large social systems, contributing in this way new standards in experimental and computational social science.
We hope, with our experimental and theoretical program,
to be in the position of answering questions such as:
What is the interplay of social context and cooperative behavior?
Can we build realistic models of how individuals behave and use them to study societal and organizational dynamics?