Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Punishing for your own good: The case of reputation-based cooperation

Claudio Tenniea1

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, 04013 Leipzig, Germany.


Contrary to Guala, I claim that several mechanisms can explain punishment in humans. Here I focus on reputation-based cooperation – and I explore how it can lead to punishment under situations that may or may not be perceived as being anonymous. Additionally, no particular mechanism stands out in predicting an excess of punishment under constrained lab conditions.