Theories for computing prosocial behavior

Arianna Costantini (Corresponding author), Andrea Scalco, Riccardo Sartori, Elena M. Tur, Andrea Ceschi

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Abstract

Most relevant theories of prosocial behavior aim at exploring and understanding helping motivations from an evolutionary perspective. This article summarizes findings from research on prosocial behavior from both a socio-economic and psychological perspective. Building on literature exploring the basic processes and determinant variables of helping, we propose a stochastic and dynamic model to simulate prosocial behaviors over time and recreate evolutionary processes of helping behaviors. Such a mathematical model formalizes a procedure for dynamic simulations, including agent-based modeling, which implies non-linear dynamics of prosocial processes underlying helping motivations. Practical implications for organizations and societies are addressed.

LanguageEnglish
Pages297-313
Number of pages17
JournalNonlinear Dynamics, Psychology & Life Sciences
Volume23
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2019

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Keywords

  • Helping Behavior
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological
  • Motivation
  • Social Behavior

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Costantini, A., Scalco, A., Sartori, R., Tur, E. M., & Ceschi, A. (2019). Theories for computing prosocial behavior. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology & Life Sciences, 23(2), 297-313.
Costantini, Arianna ; Scalco, Andrea ; Sartori, Riccardo ; Tur, Elena M. ; Ceschi, Andrea. / Theories for computing prosocial behavior. In: Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology & Life Sciences. 2019 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 297-313
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Theories for computing prosocial behavior. / Costantini, Arianna (Corresponding author); Scalco, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo; Tur, Elena M.; Ceschi, Andrea.

In: Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology & Life Sciences, Vol. 23, No. 2, 04.2019, p. 297-313.

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