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Authors:

  • Shuma Iwatani, Univ. of Tokyo
  • Yukiko Muramoto, Univ. of Tokyo
Mutual trust promotes cooperation. However, it does not fully explain why some people exploit others even when they trust others. We hypothesized that trust would work as a key to cooperation only when people are inclined to pursue cooperation with others. We conducted a public goods game and found that trust promoted cooperation only among those who scored high in harmony seeking.
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