Social dilemmas : When self-control benefits cooperation
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Individuals in a social dilemma may experience a self-control conflict between urges to act selfishly and better judgment to cooperate. Pairing a public goods game with a subtle framing technique, we test whether perception of self-control conflict strengthens the association between self-control and cooperation. Consistent with our hypothesis, cooperative behavior is positively associated with self-control in the treatment that raised the relative likelihood of perceiving conflict, but not associated with self-control in the treatment that lowered the likelihood. Our results indicate that self-control benefits cooperation.
Martinsson , P , Myrseth , K O & Wollbrant , C 2014 , ' Social dilemmas : When self-control benefits cooperation ' Journal of Economic Psychology , vol. 45 , pp. 213-236 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2014.09.004
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DescriptionDate of Acceptance: 21/09/2014
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