Cooperation in social networks

with Bernhard Voelkl

Bernhard Voelkl

'thinking about it'

Bernhard's first 2 years as a post-doc were financed by the GEBACO-programme

According to the biological market paradigm the momentary social environment and communication are important aspects of cooperation.

For example: the number of potential cooperation partners is thought to influence the outcome of cooperative interactions (which partnerships are formed, how investments and returns are divided) and, in contrast to models based on the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma, communication is thought to be important for coordination as well as for negotiations

a hypothetical primate network

Bernhard Voelkl started working on these questions during his post-doc in Strasbourg (2007 - 2010) using graph based modelling. He is currently at the Institute for Theoretical Biology of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (see Bernhard's website for more details)


  • Voelkl, B. & Noë, R. (2010) Simulation of information propagation in real-life primate networks: longevity, fecundity, fidelity. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology  64, 1449-1459. pdf
  • Voelkl, B. & Noë, R. (2008). The influence of social structure on the propagation of social information in artificial primate groups: A graph-based simulation approach. Journal of Theoretical Biology 252, 77-86 pdf

Further publications by Bernhard Voelkl can be found here