Theories for Computing Prosocial Behavior

Arianna Costantini*, Andrea Scalco, Riccardo Sartori, Elena M. Tur, Andrea Ceschi

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Abstract

Most relevant theories of prosocial behavior aim at exploring and understanding helping motivations from an evolutionary perspective. This article summarizes findings from research on prosocial behavior from both a socio-economic and psychological perspective. Building on literature exploring the basic processes and determinant variables of helping, we propose a stochastic and dynamic model to simulate prosocial behaviors over time and recreate evolutionary processes of helping behaviors. Such a mathematical model formalizes a procedure for dynamic simulations, including agent-based modeling, which implies non-linear dynamics of prosocial processes underlying helping motivations. Practical implications for organizations and societies are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-313
Number of pages17
JournalNonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences
Volume23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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Keywords

  • Agent-based models
  • Altruism
  • Behavioral evolution
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Reciprocity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics

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Costantini, A., Scalco, A., Sartori, R., Tur, E. M., & Ceschi, A. (2019). Theories for Computing Prosocial Behavior. Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, 23(2), 297-313.

Theories for Computing Prosocial Behavior. / Costantini, Arianna; Scalco, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo; Tur, Elena M.; Ceschi, Andrea.

In: Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, Vol. 23, No. 2, 04.2019, p. 297-313.

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Costantini, A, Scalco, A, Sartori, R, Tur, EM & Ceschi, A 2019, 'Theories for Computing Prosocial Behavior', Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 297-313.
Costantini A, Scalco A, Sartori R, Tur EM, Ceschi A. Theories for Computing Prosocial Behavior. Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences. 2019 Apr;23(2):297-313.
Costantini, Arianna ; Scalco, Andrea ; Sartori, Riccardo ; Tur, Elena M. ; Ceschi, Andrea. / Theories for Computing Prosocial Behavior. In: Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences. 2019 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 297-313.
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