Are Humans Generous By Nature?

The Human Generosity Project is the first large-scale transdisciplinary research project to investigate the interrelationship between biological and cultural influences on human generosity. We use multiple methodologies to understand the nature and evolution of human generosity including fieldwork, laboratory experiments and computational modeling.

Colette Doing Fieldwork, 2015


From herders and hunter-gatherers in Africa, to Fijian fisher-horticulturalists and American ranchers, the HGP is asking fundamental questions about why humans share during times of need. Our team of anthropologists is working at seven sites around the world doing qualitative and quantitative studies of human generosity.

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The HGP organizes outreach activities to apply our emerging understanding of human sharing in times of need to topics including resource management and disaster recovery. We are also working with the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco to develop museum exhibits based on human sharing across societies.

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Human Generosity Project co-director Lee Cronk and Human Generosity Project member Dennis Sonkoi were interviewed by online publisher Sapiens for an article about friendship. Cronk and Sonkoi described their research with the Maasai people, a pastoral ethnic group in Kenya.… [Read more]

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The Human Generosity Project added 3 new photos — with Lee Cronk and Athena Aktipis in Moroto, Uganda.

Sneak preview of photos from HGP co-Directors Athena Aktipis and Lee Cronk visit to Padmini Iyer's fieldsite in Moroto, Uganda. More photos coming when HGP co-Directors return from the field.
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Co-Director Athena Aktipis, speaks about The Human Generosity Project and cellular cooperation at ASU's first TEDx event. Livestream at ... See MoreSee Less

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