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Dynamics of helping behavior and cooperation across culture

Semnani-Azad, Zhaleh and Sycara, Katia and Lewis, Michael (2012) Dynamics of helping behavior and cooperation across culture. In: 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS), 21 May 2012 - 25 May 2012, Denver, CO.

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Abstract

Prior research shows variation in helping behavior across culture due to cultural differences in values, perceptions, and motivations [12]. Our study extends on past research by examining how culture and fusion with one's culture influences helping behavior (help request and help given) when interacting with a cooperative versus non-cooperative counterpart. Canadian, Chinese and Indian participants engaged in an intracultural dyadic interaction using a virtual decision making game, FireSim, where they had to protect their village and its assets from seasonal fires with the option of requesting help and/or providing help to a neighboring village (counterpart). The results illustrate that Canadians (individualists) were less influenced by the situation, as their helping behavior was not significantly affected by partner's helping behavior, compared to Chinese and Indian individuals (collectivists). Moreover, Canadians were less likely to request for help but overall received more help compared to individuals from collectivistic cultures. We also found that the more a person was fused with his or her culture, the more likely that individual would provide help, if partner was cooperative. Potential implications and further research for inter-cultural helping behavior is discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Semnani-Azad, Zhaleh
Sycara, Katia
Lewis, Michael
Date: 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS)
Publisher: IEEE
Page Range: 525 - 530
Event Title: 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS)
Event Dates: 21 May 2012 - 25 May 2012
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/cts.2012.6261100
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CTS.2012.6261100
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Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2013 15:47
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 12:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18993

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