Cooperation is important for groups to survive when there is a conflict of interest between one’s short-term personal interest and the long-term collective interest. My research is dedicated to understanding the origins and underlying mechanisms of human cooperation, applying both evolutionary psychology perspective and social psychology theories (e.g., interdependence theory). Key factors I have been focused on include social value orientation, gossip (i.e., reputation spreading), punishment, life history strategy, etc.
Broadly speaking, my current research interests include (but are not limited to):
Prosociality, Trust, and Cooperation
Gossip, Reputation, Ostracism, and Punishment
Social Judgment and Decision Making
Evolutionary Social Psychology