The Influence of Observation on Cooperative Decision Making

dc.contributor.advisorBarclay, Pat
dc.contributor.authorRotella, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-29T13:49:26Z
dc.date.available2015-10-29T13:49:26Z
dc.date.copyright2015-10
dc.date.created2015-10-15
dc.date.issued2015-10-29
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmePsychologyen_US
dc.description.abstractReputational incentives, such as observation, influence cooperative decisions. People increase cooperative efforts in response to observation to gain a good reputation. Extending on this, the current research investigated: (1) how people use contextual cues of observation and cooperative signals to assess trustworthiness, and (2) if thinking about observation was sufficient to elicit an observation effect. Additionally, I explored how individual differences in social value orientation influenced responses to observation. For the first objective, predictions were partially supported. Individuals with a prosocial orientation used contextual cues of observation to assess the trustworthiness of targets, while individuals with a self-oriented disposition (proselfs) did not. For the second objective, thoughts of observation increased reciprocity. However, this effect was only present when participants were thinking about a mundane action. When thinking about performing a cooperative action, a moral licensing effect was produced. Lastly, exploratory results suggest that moral licensing is specific to proselfs.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/9329
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectCooperationen_US
dc.subjectDecision Makingen_US
dc.subjectObservationen_US
dc.subjectTrusten_US
dc.subjectIndividual Differencesen_US
dc.subjectSocial Value Orientationen_US
dc.subjectEvolutionary Psychologyen_US
dc.titleThe Influence of Observation on Cooperative Decision Makingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

Files

Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Name:
Rotella_Amanda_201510_MSc.pdf
Size:
1.47 MB
Format:
Adobe Portable Document Format
Description:
Master's Thesis