Tag: Commitment

Investing in commitment: Persistence in a joint action is enhanced by the perception of a partner’s effort

Published in: Cognition, Volume 174, May 2018, 37-42 Abstract “Can the perception that one’s partner is investing effort generate a sense of commitment to a joint action? To test this, we developed a 2-player version of the classic snake game which became increasingly boring over the course of each round. This enabled us to operationalize commitment in terms of how long participants persisted before pressing a ‘finish’ button to conclude each round. Our results from three experiments reveal that participants persisted longer when they perceived what they believed to be cues of their partner’s effortful contribution (Experiment 1). Crucially, this effect… Read More