Title

Communication and Cooperation in Social Dilemmas: A Meta-Analytic Review

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2010

Abstract

Among the most researched solutions to social dilemmas is communication. Since the late 1950s, it has been well known that communication enhances cooperation in social dilemmas. This article reports a meta-analysis of this literature (forty-five effect sizes) and finds a large positive effect of communication on cooperation in social dilemmas (d = 1.01). This effect is moderated by the type of communication, with a stronger effect of face-to-face discussion ( d = 1.21) compared to written messages (d = 0.46). The communication-cooperation relationship is also stronger in larger, compared to smaller, group social dilemmas. Whether communication occurred before or during iterated dilemmas did not statistically affect the communication-cooperation effect size. Results are discussed according to theory and research on communication in social dilemmas.

Keywords

social dilemmas, communication, cooperation, conflict, meta-analysis

Discipline

Social Psychology and Interaction

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Conflict Resolution

Volume

54

Issue

1

First Page

39

Last Page

57

ISSN

0022-0027

Identifier

10.1177/0022002709352443

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022002709352443

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