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New MLG publication in Nature's Scientific Reports

Why do we apologize? Why do we forgive? Would it not simply be better to end a relationship that is failing, even when it has been and still can be beneficial?  In a mathematical investigation, Luis Martinez-Vaquero and Tom Lenaerts of MLG show, in collaboration with international colleagues The Anh Han (U. Teesside, UK) and Luís Moniz Pereira (UNL, Portugal), that revenge, apology and forgiveness may actually have been shaped by evolution to deal with just such situations. Moreover, analysis shows that an apology actually needs to be sincere as otherwise the mechanism for sustained cooperation fails, leading either to revenge or to non-cooperative strategies. This work has been now reported in Nature’s multi-disciplinary open access journal Scientific Reports.  Article available via website Scientific Reports

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