Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
The cognitive processes involved in decisions in social dilemmas
Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von Gemeinschaftsgütern, Bonn
SummaryLittle is known about the underlying processes of cooperative behavior in social dilemmas. By using eye-tracking a project at the Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods shows that differences in social preferences are accompanied by consistent differences in information search. Decision time, number of fixations, the proportion of inspected information, the degree of attention towards the others’ payoffs, and the number of transitions from and towards others’ payoffs gradually increase with absolute deviation from a pure selfish orientation.