Advisor: Dr. Lee Cronk
Human cooperation and exchange, particularly in volatile environments; signals of commitment, especially religion
Agent-based modeling; game theory; genetic algorithms; data visualization
My dissertation consists of several agent-based models (i.e. computer simulations) of human cooperation, including the east African system of osotua, as well as one that attempts to model religious signaling and commitment.
C. A. Aktipis, L. Cronk, and R. de Aguiar. Generosity without reciprocity: Need-based transfers, risk- pooling, and the puzzle of human cooperation, manuscript submitted, 2013.
R. de Aguiar and L. Cronk. Stratification and supernatural punishment: cooperation or obedience? Journal of Religion, Brain and Behavior, 2011.