Study determines whether cultures play games that correspond to how cooperative they are

Play is important for the development of complex social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills. Play provides young individuals with a safe space to practice new behaviors without grave repercussions. While most animals engage in play, only humans engage in rule-based games. Which kinds of games people play—competitive or cooperative—may depend on their cultural background. In a new study, published in PLoS ONE, researchers from Germany and Australia screened historical data to answer the question whether cultures play games that correspond to how cooperative they are.

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