Our main innovation regarding the modeling of the emergence of prosociality is the joint consideration of the mode of cognition and the structure of social interactions, and in particular of how these two dimensions influence each other for prosociality.

If our hypothesis obtains an adequate theoretical foundation and a solid empirical support, it will greatly affect the vast multidisciplinary literature that is currently investigating the roots of prosocial behavior, possibly leading to the merging of two distinct strand of literature: one regarding the cognitive roots of prosociality, and the other regarding the relationship between social interactions and prosociality.

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National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic (led by Van Bavel et al.; a many lab study) 2022 Nature Communications

E. Bilancini, L. Boncinelli, N. Campigotto, 2021. Pairwise interact-and-imitate dynamics, Scientific Reports 11, 13221

F. Panizza, A. Vostroknutov, G. Coricelli, 2021. How Conformity Can Lead to Polarised Social Behaviour, PLoS Computational Biology 17(10), e1009530

E. Bilancini, L. Boncinelli, V. Capraro, T. Celadin, R. Di Paolo, 2020. Do the right thing" for whom? An experiment on ingroup favouritism, group assorting and moral suasion Judgment and Decision Making 15(2), 182-192

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