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Cognitive Load and Cooperation

Døssing, Felix; Piovesan, Marco and Wengström, Erik LU (2017) In Review of Behavioral Economics 4(1). p.69-92
Abstract
We study the effect of intuitive and reflective processes on cooperation using cognitive load. Compared with time constraint, which has been used in the previous literature, cognitive load is a more direct way to block reflective processes, and thus a more suitable way to study the link between intuition and cooperation. Using a repeated public goods game, we study the effect of different levels of cognitive load on contributions. We show that a higher cognitive load increases the initial level of cooperation. In particular, subjects are significantly less likely to fully free ride under high cognitive load.
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C70, C90, D03, public goods, cooperation, cognitive load, experiment
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Review of Behavioral Economics
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2326-6198
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10.1561/105.00000059
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  abstract     = {We study the effect of intuitive and reflective processes on cooperation using cognitive load. Compared with time constraint, which has been used in the previous literature, cognitive load is a more direct way to block reflective processes, and thus a more suitable way to study the link between intuition and cooperation. Using a repeated public goods game, we study the effect of different levels of cognitive load on contributions. We show that a higher cognitive load increases the initial level of cooperation. In particular, subjects are significantly less likely to fully free ride under high cognitive load.},
  author       = {Døssing, Felix and Piovesan, Marco and Wengström, Erik},
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  keyword      = {C70,C90,D03,public goods,cooperation,cognitive load,experiment},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {04},
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  pages        = {69--92},
  series       = {Review of Behavioral Economics},
  title        = {Cognitive Load and Cooperation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/105.00000059},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {2017},
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