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Jay Van Bavel, Award-Winning Social Neuroscientist

The Science of Group Cooperation

Human beings evolved in groups, and most of us still live and work in groups every day. Our affinity for groups is wired deeply into our minds and brains. One of the most remarkable features of human nature is our ability to cooperate with people – even putting ourselves at great risk to save a complete stranger. This is why sports fans can show up to a stadium and immediately share common purpose with 100,000 complete strangers. It also explains why some groups succeed and others fail.

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Jay Van Bavel

Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science with an affiliation at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations at New York University where he teaches one of the largest courses in the university. Jay conducts award-winning research on how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the brain and behavior. He has published over 60 academic papers on implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, group identity, team formation, cooperation, motivation, and the social brain. His work has been cited by the U.S Supreme Court.

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