Publications [#240414] of Brian Hare

Journal Articles

  1. Burnham, TC; Hare, B (2007). Engineering human cooperation : DDDDDoes involuntary neural activation increase public goods contributions?. Human Nature (Hawthorne, N.Y.), 18(2), 88-108.
    (last updated on 2020/10/27)

    In a laboratory experiment, we use a public goods game to examine the hypothesis that human subjects use an involuntary eye-detector mechanism for evaluating the level of privacy. Half of our subjects are "watched" by images of a robot presented on their computer screen. The robot-named Kismet and invented at MIT-is constructed from objects that are obviously not human with the exception of its eyes. In our experiment, Kismet produces a significant difference in behavior that is not consistent with existing economic models of preferences, either self- or other-regarding. Subjects who are "watched" by Kismet contribute 29% more to the public good than do subjects in the same setting without Kismet. © 2007 Springer Science & Business Media, LLC.