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Individual Selection for Cooperative Group Formation

Powers, Simon T., Penn, Alexandra S. and Watson, Richard A., (2007) Individual Selection for Cooperative Group Formation e Costa, Fernando A., Rocha, Luis M., Costa, Ernesto, Harvey, Inman and Coutinho, António (eds.) In Advances in Artificial Life: Proceedings of the Ninth European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2007). Springer., pp. 585-594.

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It is well known that certain environmental conditions, such as a spatially structured population, can promote the evolution of cooperative traits. However, such conditions are usually assumed to be externally imposed. In this paper, we present a model that allows the conditions that promote or hinder cooperation to arise adaptively via individual selection. Consequently, instead of selection simply favouring cooperation under imposed environmental conditions, in our model selection also operates on the conditions themselves via a niche construction process. Results are presented that show that the conditions that favour cooperation can evolve, even though those that favour selfish behaviour are also available and are initially selected for.

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Published date: 9 September 2007
Additional Information: Event Dates: 10/09/07-14/09/07
Venue - Dates: the 9th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2007), Portugal, 2007-09-10 - 2007-09-14
Keywords: evolution, group selection, multi-level selection, trait-group, cooperation, altruism, niche construction
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity


Local EPrints ID: 264277
ISBN: 978-3-540-74912-7
PURE UUID: b667927b-86ea-413b-a8a0-46eccdf0c21c

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Date deposited: 06 Jul 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:37

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Author: Simon T. Powers
Author: Alexandra S. Penn
Editor: Fernando A. e Costa
Editor: Luis M. Rocha
Editor: Ernesto Costa
Editor: Inman Harvey
Editor: António Coutinho

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