Valerio Capraro

Senior Lecturer


The conflict between cooperation and self-interest is one of the most important conflicts in human decision making. Self-interest is individually optimal, but may lead to war and destruction; cooperation leads to peaceful, healthy, and ultimately more successful societies, but it requires individuals to pay a cost for the benefit of others. I combine behavioral experiments, mathematical modelling, and numerical simulations to understand how people solve this and related conflicts, with the goal of helping institutions to create more collaborative societies.

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  1. Capraro, Valerio ORCID: and Barcelo, Helene (2021) Telling people to “rely on their reasoning” increases intentions to wear a face covering to slow down COVID-19 transmission. Applied Cognitive Psychology . ISSN 0888-4080 [Article] (Accepted/In press)
  2. Capraro, Valerio ORCID: and Perc, Matjaž ORCID: (2021) Mathematical foundations of moral preferences. Journal of The Royal Society Interface . ISSN 1742-5689 [Article] (Accepted/In press)
  3. Capraro, Valerio ORCID:, Jordan, Jillian and Tappin, Ben (2021) Does observability amplify sensitivity to moral frames? Evaluating a reputation-based account of moral preferences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology . ISSN 0022-1031 [Article] (Accepted/In press)
  4. Capraro, Valerio ORCID: (2020) Gender differences in the trade-off between objective equality and efficiency. Judgment and Decision Making, 15 (4) . pp. 534-544. ISSN 1930-2975 [Article]
  5. Bilancini, Ennio, Boncinelli, Leonardo, Capraro, Valerio ORCID:, Celadin, Tatiana and Di Paolo, Roberto (2020) The effect of norm-based messages on reading and understanding COVID-19 pandemic response governmental rules. Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, 4 . pp. 45-55. ISSN 2572-8997 [Article]
  6. Bavel, Jay J. Van ORCID:, Baicker, Katherine ORCID:, Boggio, Paulo S. ORCID:, Capraro, Valerio ORCID:, Cichocka, Aleksandra ORCID:, Cikara, Mina ORCID:, Crockett, Molly J. ORCID:, Crum, Alia J., Douglas, Karen M. ORCID:, Druckman, James N., Drury, John ORCID:, Dube, Oeindrila, Ellemers, Naomi, Finkel, Eli J., Fowler, James H. ORCID:, Gelfand, Michele ORCID:, Han, Shihui ORCID:, Haslam, S. Alexander ORCID:, Jetten, Jolanda ORCID:, Kitayama, Shinobu ORCID:, Mobbs, Dean ORCID:, Napper, Lucy E., Packer, Dominic J. ORCID:, Pennycook, Gordon ORCID:, Peters, Ellen ORCID:, Petty, Richard E. ORCID:, Rand, David G. ORCID:, Reicher, Stephen D., Schnall, Simone ORCID:, Shariff, Azim, Skitka, Linda J., Smith, Sandra Susan, Sunstein, Cass R. ORCID:, Tabri, Nassim ORCID:, Tucker, Joshua A. ORCID:, van der Linden, Sander ORCID:, van Lange, Paul, Weeden, Kim A. ORCID:, Wohl, Michael J. A. ORCID:, Zaki, Jamil, Zion, Sean R. ORCID: and Willer, Robb ORCID: (2020) Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response. Nature Human Behaviour, 4 (5) . pp. 460-471. ISSN 2397-3374 [Article] (doi:10.1038/s41562-020-0884-z)
  7. Bilancini, Ennio, Boncinelli, Leonardo, Capraro, Valerio ORCID:, Celadin, Tatiana and Di Paolo, Roberto (2020) "Do the right thing" for whom? An experiment on ingroup favouritism, group assorting and moral suasion. Judgment and Decision Making, 15 (2) . pp. 182-192. ISSN 1930-2975 [Article]
  8. Capraro, Valerio ORCID:, Perc, Matjaz and Vilone, Daniele ORCID: (2020) Lying on networks: the role of structure and topology in promoting honesty. Physical Review E, 101 (3) , 032305. ISSN 2470-0045 [Article] (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.101.032305)
  9. Capraro, Valerio ORCID: and Cococcioni, Giorgia (2015) Social setting, intuition, and experience in lab experiments interact to shape cooperative decision-making. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282 (1811) , 20150237. ISSN 0962-8452 [Article] (doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.0237)
  10. Rand, David, Brescoll, Victoria, Everett, Jim A. C., Capraro, Valerio ORCID: and Barcelo, Helene (2016) Social heuristics and social roles: Intuition favors altruism for women but not for men. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145 (4) . pp. 389-396. ISSN 0096-3445 [Article] (doi:10.1037/xge0000154)