In conjunction with the interdisciplinary activities of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), a seminar series on topics in mathematical biology will be hosted at NIMBioS every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Seminar speakers will focus on their research initiatives at the interface of mathematics and many areas of the life sciences. Light refreshments will be served in Room 205 beginning 30 minutes before each talk. Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us.
Time/Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 3:30 p.m.*
Location: Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Speaker: Dr. Robert Boyd, Biological Anthropology, Arizona State Univ.; NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows Invited Distinguished Visitor
Topic: Does Reciprocity Explain Human Cooperation?
Abstract: Humans cooperate extensively with unrelated individuals. While there is some controversy about large-scale cooperation, most authors agree that small scale cooperation is sustained by reciprocity. However, the theoretical work that supports this conclusion is not consistent with observed behavior in other social vertebrates. I will argue that existing work underestimates the effect of uncertainty on the evolution of reciprocity, and present two models that suggest that taking uncertainty into account can help explain different patterns of cooperation in humans and other social vertebrates.
*Join us for refreshments at 3 p.m. in Room 205.
Seminar Flyer (pdf)
For more information about this and other NIMBioS Seminars, visit http://www.nimbios.org/seminars.