Summary of How Do We Cooperate?

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Is there a biological foundation for fairness?


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In this cerebral conversation, author and philosopher Rolf Dobelli interviews Ernst Fehr, a pioneer in the discipline of neuroeconomics. While their chat is unwieldy and disjointed, it reveals some captivating insights into this new branch of economics. getAbstract recommends this 23-minute video to anyone interested in fresh research about the brain, economics or human nature.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What neuroeconomics discloses about human behavior,
  • How fairness is central to society and
  • What role “norm compliance” plays in society.


Ernst Fehr, a neuroeconomist, studies the brain and human behavior. Specifically, he conducts experiments to examine how changing levels of neural activity in the brain affect “norm compliance.” Fehr employs “transcranial direct current stimulation...
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About the Speaker

Ernst Fehr is professor of economics at the University of Zurich.

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