Patterns in social behavior and cultural diversity

Principal Investigators:

Michael E. Hochberg

The 'tragedy of the commons' describes how individualism can result in hardship to a population as a whole. In an alternative scenario --'collective action'-- potential competitors are better-off cooperating for a common good, even if it is not obviously in their short-term individual interests. What can shift a tragedy of the commons scenario to one of collective action in human societies? Given complex social environments influenced by governments and media, migrations of peoples over different scales, and interactions among individuals who may... more

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ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow1st July—31st August 2003Participant List  

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Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Guernier, Vanina; Hochberg, Michael E.; Guegan, Jean-Francois. 2004. Ecology drives the worldwide distribution of human diseases. PLoS Biology. Vol: 2(6). Pages 1-7.
Journal Article Hochberg, Michael E. 2004. A theory of modern cultural shifts and meltdowns. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences. Vol: 271. Pages 313-316.
Data Set Hochberg, Michael E.; Cornell, Howard V.; Nettle, Daniel; Guegan, Jean-Francois; Choisy, Marc. 2006. Human cultural diversity - a cross-national data set. (Online version)
Data Set Lafferty, Kevin D. 2006. Age-adjusted prevalence, aggregate neuroticism, the cultural dimensions of uncertainty avoidance and masculinity among nations. (Online version)
"Patterns in social behavior and cultural diversity " is project ID: 6640