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Cooperation and fairness depend on self-regulation

  • Sarah E. Ainsworth (a1) and Roy F. Baumeister (a1)


Any evolved disposition for fairness and cooperation would not replace but merely compete with selfish and other antisocial impulses. Therefore, we propose that human cooperation and fairness depend on self-regulation. Evidence shows reductions in fairness and other prosocial tendencies when self-regulation fails.



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