REWARD STRUCTURE AND COOPERATION, PART II: MOTIVATIONAL PROCESSES IN THE DECOMPOSED PRISONER'S DILEMMA GAME.
STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK BUFFALO DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The study was designed to provide information about the psychological dimensions and processes associated with three decomposed Prisoners Dilemma games that produced radically different patterns of action in a previous study. The two games that produced cooperative behavior in the earlier study apparently elicit a relatively durable desire for cooperation from the other player. The game that previously produced noncooperation apparently elicits a desire for the payoff associated with mutual noncooperation and a fragile interest in fair division. These motives can be traced to features of the reward structure of the games. The two games that produce cooperation resemble the structure of situations in which two people have a series of opportunities to help one another. Author