Effects of uncertainty and communication on cooperation in commons dilemmas

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dc.contributor.author Bearden, Anomi Grace
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-23T22:08:08Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-23T22:08:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2009-11-23T22:08:08Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1885
dc.description.abstract A sample of 55 female and 41 male university students (N = 96) enrolled in introductory psychology courses participated in a 2 by 2 (uncertainty by communication) factorial between-subjects ANCOVA design investigating the independent and joint effects of uncertainty and communication on cooperation rates in a simulated commons dilemma. Participants' self-efficacy and risk perceptions (pertaining to resource management) were also examined as covariates to investigate each of their relations to cooperation rates. Participants were randomly divided into groups of three and "fished" in a computer simulation of ocean fishing (FISH 3.1), and completed a short questionnaire. As predicted, the presence of group communication was associated with higher rates of cooperation; the presence of uncertainty was associated with lower cooperation rates; and higher levels of resource management self-efficacy were associated with higher cooperation rates. The prediction that the detrimental effect of uncertainty would be more pronounced when there is no communication present received partial support: a marginally significant interaction was found between communication and uncertainty. Contrary to expectations, higher levels of resource management risk perception were associated with lower cooperation rates. Limitations of the current investigation are outlined and possible directions for future research are discussed. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject cooperativeness en
dc.subject uncertainty en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Psychology en
dc.title Effects of uncertainty and communication on cooperation in commons dilemmas en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Gifford, Robert
dc.degree.department Dept. of Psychology en
dc.degree.level Master of Science M.Sc. en

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