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Exploring the impact of positive and negative emotions on cooperative behaviour in a Prisoner’s Dilemma Game

Kjell, Oscar LU and Thompson, Sam (2013) In PeerJ 1.
Abstract
Objective. To explore the influences of discrete positive and negative emotions on cooperation in the context of a social dilemma game. Design. Two controlled studies were undertaken. In Study 1, 69 participants were randomly assigned to an essay emotion manipulation task designed to induce either guilt, joy or no strong emotion. In Study 2, 95 participants were randomly assigned to one of the same three tasks, and the impact of emotional condition on cooperation was explored using a repeated Prisoner’s Dilemma Game. Results. Study 1 established that the manipulation task was successful in inducing the specified emotions. The analysis from Study 2 revealed no significant main eVects for emotions, in contrast to previous research. However,... (More)
Objective. To explore the influences of discrete positive and negative emotions on cooperation in the context of a social dilemma game. Design. Two controlled studies were undertaken. In Study 1, 69 participants were randomly assigned to an essay emotion manipulation task designed to induce either guilt, joy or no strong emotion. In Study 2, 95 participants were randomly assigned to one of the same three tasks, and the impact of emotional condition on cooperation was explored using a repeated Prisoner’s Dilemma Game. Results. Study 1 established that the manipulation task was successful in inducing the specified emotions. The analysis from Study 2 revealed no significant main eVects for emotions, in contrast to previous research. However, there was a significant eVect for participants’ pre-existing tendency to cooperate (social value orientation; SVO). Conclusion. Methodological explanations for the result are explored, including the possible impact of trial-and-error strategies, diVerent cooperation games and endogenous vs exogenous emotions. (Less)
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well-being, positive and negative emotions, cooperation, social dilemma games
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2167-8359
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10.7717/peerj.231
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English
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  abstract     = {Objective. To explore the influences of discrete positive and negative emotions on cooperation in the context of a social dilemma game. Design. Two controlled studies were undertaken. In Study 1, 69 participants were randomly assigned to an essay emotion manipulation task designed to induce either guilt, joy or no strong emotion. In Study 2, 95 participants were randomly assigned to one of the same three tasks, and the impact of emotional condition on cooperation was explored using a repeated Prisoner’s Dilemma Game. Results. Study 1 established that the manipulation task was successful in inducing the specified emotions. The analysis from Study 2 revealed no significant main eVects for emotions, in contrast to previous research. However, there was a significant eVect for participants’ pre-existing tendency to cooperate (social value orientation; SVO). Conclusion. Methodological explanations for the result are explored, including the possible impact of trial-and-error strategies, diVerent cooperation games and endogenous vs exogenous emotions.},
  author       = {Kjell, Oscar and Thompson, Sam},
  issn         = {2167-8359},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {PeerJ},
  series       = {PeerJ},
  title        = {Exploring the impact of positive and negative emotions on cooperative behaviour in a Prisoner’s Dilemma Game},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/3691649/4222147.pdf},
  doi          = {10.7717/peerj.231},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2013},
}