When cooperating, human groups can poise near a critical point – similarly to highly organized biological systems, like those of bees or ants – where recent work suggests living systems respond to changing external conditions in an efficient and coordinated manner.
A new statistical physics model demonstrates the crucial role that social norms play in promoting cooperation and its stability. The study has been published in Physical Review E. and appears also as a CNR press release.
New “save the date” for the Work in Progress Seminars (WIPS) series, organized by the LABSS. On March 1st, Aurora De Bortoli Vizioli will be presenting an experimental study on the relation between body-ownership and object-ownership.
At the Laboratory of Agent-Based Social Simulation we build computer models to help shed light on the complex social world. We applied this approach to develop a simulation of the Sicilian Mafia, and studied ways to fight pizzo collection.