Cognitive load and cooperation

Felix Døssing, Marco Piovesan, Erik Wengström

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalReview of Behavioral Economics
Volume4
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
ISSN2326-6201
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • Cognitive load
  • Cooperation
  • Experiment
  • Public goods

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