Human life is rife with cooperative dilemmas that pit one's own interest against others' interests. Across most of the world's cultures, norms that take into account others' payoffs have culturally evolved & helped stabilize large scale cooperation. These are often individually costly behaviors in the short term. We refer to the ability to bring your behavior in line with these ideal behaviors as virtue.
Funded through a grant from the Templeton Foundation"Building Virtue" is a 3-year project that explores
the development of four social preferences of interest
among children of six diverse societies:

 

FAIRNESS

FORGIVENESS

HONESTY

TRUST

YEAR ONE

Piloting & designing
protocols

YEAR TWO

Charting
variation

YEAR THREE

Exploring
transmission

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