Evolutionary models of in-group favoritism

Naoki Masuda, Feng Fu

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In-group favoritism is the tendency for individuals to cooperate with in-group members more strongly than with out-group members. Similar concepts have been described across different domains, including in-group bias, tag-based cooperation, parochial altruism, and ethnocentrism. Both humans and other animals show this behavior. Here, we review evolutionary mechanisms for explaining this phenomenon by covering recently developed mathematical models. In fact, in-group favoritism is not easily realized on its own in theory, although it can evolve under some conditions.We also discuss the implications of these modeling results in future empirical and theoretical research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27
JournalF1000Prime Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 3
Externally publishedYes

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