Social coordination and cognitive modes

6 February 2020
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Venue: Palazzo di Economia, via Inama 5 (Trento) – Seminar room, first floor.
Time: 2 p.m.



Different cognitive modes underlie human behaviors in different situations. While there is now ample evidence that the cognitive mode affects behavior, there is no general consensus on how it does so. Our research question is: which is the impact of higher reflection (i.e., a deliberative mode of cognition as opposed to an intuitive one) on the ability of individuals to coordinate with each other? We have collected experimental evidence in lab suggesting that: (1) in stag hunt games, intuition favors the adoption of stag over hare with respect to deliberation; (2) in pure coordination settings the cognitive mode does not lead to any non-negligible impact in the absence of an anchor, while the introduction of an anchor has an effect that is larger under deliberation. A theoretical reconstruction of the empirical findings is also attempted.