Multi-lab effort partially replicates Rand, Greene & Nowak 2012 cooperation under time pressure results

In 2012, David Rand, Joshua Greene, and Martin Nowak published results showing that people who made quick decisions under time pressure were more likely to cooperate than were people who were required to take longer in their deliberations.  Subjects who did not follow directions to respond at the pace requested were omitted from the analyzed data; now, a new report published in Perspectives on Psychological Science compiles studies by twenty-one laboratories to recreate the original results, and further finds that when non-compliant subjects are included, time pressure has little or no effect on cooperation.

You can find the full Registered Replication Report here, or read a summary at Science Daily.

MIT biophysicists use "the envelope game" to describe personal relations

"The envelope game", a framework developed by PED's Martin Nowak, Erez Yoeli, and Moshe Hoffman, gets a shoutout from MIT researchers who used it to find similarities between apparently unrelated types of interpersonal relations:

MIT postdoc Alfonso Pérez-Escudero and colleagues analyzed how these manipulation and preferential interaction mechanisms play out in 'the envelope game," a framework developed by Harvard University researchers Martin Nowak, Erez Yoeli, and Moshe Hoffman. "These are two situations that, in principle, I wouldn't put together, and thanks to the framework that these researchers developed, we realized that they belong to the same family of situations," Pérez-Escudero says. 

Read the full article at Biophysicists apply mathematics from evolutionary biology to describe personal relations

A conversation with Martin Nowak and Joi Ito

Martin Nowak speaks with the MIT Media Lab director about evolution, math, design, medicine, philosophy of science, communication with alien intelligence, and more.

Wo ist Gott? (Full text: German)

Wenn es um den Sinn des Lebens geht, stehen sich Religion und Wissenschaft meist als Widersacher gegenüber. Völlig zu Unrecht, findet Martin Nowak, Professor für Evolutionsbiologie in Harvard. Ein Gespräch über sein Vertrauen in Gott und in die Naturgesetze. Read more at Zeit Online.