Goldstone Research Unit

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2-2012

Publication Source

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Volume

35

Issue

1

Start Page

17

Last Page

18

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X11001166

Abstract

Strong reciprocity theorists claim that punishment has evolved to promote the good of the group and to deter cheating. By contrast, weak reciprocity suggests that punishment aims to restore justice (i.e., reciprocity) between the criminal and his victim. Experimental evidences as well as field observations suggest that humans punish criminals to restore fairness rather than to support group cooperation

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Date Posted: 11 March 2015

This document has been peer reviewed.