Professor in Evolutionary Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology


Evolution and Cooperation

The power of reputations (2008)

Stiff, C. E., & Van Vugt, M. (2008). The power of reputations: The role of third party information in the admission of new group members. Group Dynamics, 12, 155-166.  Download Abstract: Two experiments investigated whether groups use reputational information to recruit new members. The authors manipulated the candidate‚Äôs reported self-sacrifices to enter the group and the source of...

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Competitive altruism (2007)

Van Vugt, M., Roberts, G., & Hardy, C. (2007). Competitive altruism: Development of reputation-based cooperation in groups. In R. Dunbar & L. Barrett, Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.   Download Abstract: This chapter advances a new theory of altruism, competitive altruism, which might account for the uniquely moral altruistic tendency of...

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From games to giving (2007)

Van Lange, P., Bekkers, R., Schuyt, T., & Van Vugt, M. (2007). From games to giving: Social value orientation predicts donations to noble causes. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 29, 375-384.  Download Abstract: The central purpose of the present research is to examine the ability of social value orientation (i.e., prosocial, individualistic, and competitive orientation), as measured...

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Nice guys finish first (2006)

Hardy, C., & Van Vugt, M. (2006). Nice guys finish first: The competitive altruism hypothesis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1402-1413.  Download Abstract: Three experimental studies examined the relationship between altruistic behavior and the emergence of status hierarchies within groups. In each study, group members were confronted with a social dilemma in which...

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Psychological adaptations for prosocial behaviour (2006)

Van Vugt, M., & Van Lange, P. (2006).  Psychological adaptations for prosocial behaviour:  The altruism puzzle.  In M. Schaller, D. Kenrick, & J. Simpson, Evolution and Social Psychology (pp. 237-261).  Psychology Press.  Download Abstract:  This chapter addresses the evolutionary roots of the, by and large, uniquely human capacity for helping other people...

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From aggression to altruism (2006)

Van Lange, P. A. M., De Cremer, D., & Van Dijk, E., & Van Vugt, M. (2007). From aggression to altruism: Basic principles of social interaction. In E.T. Higgins & A. W. Kruglanski (Eds), Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles (pp. 540-561) . New York : Guilford.  Download Abstract: What interpersonal orientations drive sodal interactions? Does selfishness underlie most...

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Genuine giving or selfish sacrifice? (2003)

Powell, C., & Van Vugt, M. (2003).  Genuine giving or selfish sacrifice? The role of commitment and cost level upon willingness to sacrifice.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 33, 403-412.  Download Abstract: This research uses interdependence theory to examine the link between commitment, costs, and willingness to sacrifice within interdependence dilemmas occurring in...

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Central, individual or collective control? (2002)

Van Vugt, M. (2002). Central, individual or collective control? Social dilemma strategies for natural resource management. American Behavioral Scientist, 45,  783-800. Download Abstract: In this article, natural resource management is conceptualized as a social dilemma, a conflict between the short-term self-interest of users and the long-term collective interest of the user community....

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