Why (and how) do we cooperate?

Thema: Gesellschaft
Schlagworte: Medien und Soziales
Altersgruppe: Alle
Zielgruppe: Barrierefrei, Experten, Familien mit Kindern, Gruppen, In English, Jugendliche, Lehrkräfte & Schüler:innen und Studierende

Humans are successfully cooperating on a surprisingly large number of occasions. Is it because they are, fundamentally, nice? Is it because they just know how cooperation can work to their own interest? We study the motives and beliefs at the basis of cooperation. Visitors can play games that reveal their strategic thoughts and their social preferences (generosity, fairness, spite, etc.).

Durchschnittliche Verweildauer: 15 Minuten

Maximale Kapazität der Station: 10 Personen

In the station, we present how we document our social preferences and strategies for testing theories of social cognition. Visitors will have the occasion to play games on their smartphones or on our tablets, and to give their opinion on moral issues. One of the games is a fun coordination task, another game asks how you prefer to distribute points among yourself and your partners. The questionnaires include questions, which are meant to reveal how people envisage social interactions and how they judge others.

We will explain how we use the responses from participants and what conclusions we make on human social cognition. The broad picture is that humans are particularly gifted for cooperative enterprises: they are quite good at coordinating; they calibrate their trust adequately; and they know when it is better not to cooperate.

In addition, we will present an experiment meant to assess how graphs are understood. Graphs are increasingly used to communicate about data. Many important decisions—in politics or at work—are taken based on graphs. We think it is therefore important to understand how people understand graphs.


Anfahrtsbeschreibung: Von der U1 Station Reumannplatz mit den Straßenbahnen 6 und 11 (Schrankenberggasse) direkt erreichbar. 5 Gehminuten von der D-Wagen Station Absberggasse.

Dieser Ausstellungsstandort ist barrierefrei zugänglich und verfügt über barrierefreie Toiletten.

Central European University
Department of Cognitive Science
Central European University (CEU)
Quellenstrasse, 51, 1100 Wien


Erster Einlass: 17:00
Letzter Einlass: 22:30


Visitors will have the opportunity to participate to informal experimental sessions, that involve playing games and solving moral dilemmas, either on their own phone or on the tablets we can provide (Covid-safe).

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