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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Intuitive Cooperation Hypothesis Revisited: A Meta-analytic Examination of Effect Size and Between-study Heterogeneity
Author(s): Kvarven, Amanda
Strømland, Eirik
Wollbrant, Conny
Andersson, David
Johannesson, Magnus
Tinghög, Gustav
Västfjäll, Daniel
Myrseth, Kristian Ove R
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Keywords: Cooperation
Time Pressure
Cognitive Load
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Date Deposited: 31-Jan-2020
Citation: Kvarven A, Strømland E, Wollbrant C, Andersson D, Johannesson M, Tinghög G, Västfjäll D & Myrseth KOR (2020) The Intuitive Cooperation Hypothesis Revisited: A Meta-analytic Examination of Effect Size and Between-study Heterogeneity. Journal of the Economic Science Association, 6, p. 26–42.
Abstract: The hypothesis that intuition promotes cooperation has attracted considerable attention. Although key results in this literature have failed to replicate in pre-registered studies, recent meta-analyses report an overall effect of intuition on cooperation. We address the question with a meta-analysis of 82 cooperation experiments, spanning four different types of intuition manipulations—time pressure, cognitive load, depletion, and induction—including 29,315 participants in total. We obtain a positive overall effect of intuition on cooperation, though substantially weaker than that reported in prior meta-analyses, and between studies the effect exhibits a high degree of systematic variation. We find that this overall effect depends exclusively on the inclusion of six experiments featuring emotion-induction manipulations, which prompt participants to rely on emotion over reason when making allocation decisions. Upon excluding from the total data set experiments featuring this class of manipulations, between-study variation in the meta-analysis is reduced substantially—and we observed no statistically discernable effect of intuition on cooperation. Overall, we fail to obtain compelling evidence for the intuitive cooperation hypothesis.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s40881-020-00084-3
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