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Team reasoning: solving the puzzle of coordination

Colman, Andrew M. and Gold, Natalie (2018) Team reasoning: solving the puzzle of coordination. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 25 (5). 1770 - 1783. ISSN 1069-9384

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Identification Number: 10.3758/s13423-017-1399-0


In many everyday activities, individuals have a common interest in coordinating their actions. Orthodox game theory cannot explain such intuitively obvious forms of coordination as the selection of an outcome that is best for all in a common-interest game. Theories of team reasoning provide a convincing solution by proposing that people are sometimes motivated to maximize the collective payoff of a group and that they adopt a distinctive mode of reasoning from preferences to decisions. This also offers a compelling explanation of cooperation in social dilemmas. A review of team reasoning and related theories suggests how team reasoning could be incorporated into psychological theories of group identification and social value orientation theory to provide a deeper understanding of these phenomena.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2021 12:24
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:06

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