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Social Coordination in the Wild

Social Coordination in the Wild

Joachim I. Krueger Johannes Ullrich

This is not the story of a catastrophic breakdown of scientific thinking but rather of a minor case of forecasting myopia, which, we think, is diagnostic of a larger point. Our forecasting failure occurred when we were studying the decision to make a prosocial sacrifice in the so-called Volunteer’s Dilemma (VoD). The VoD is a rather challenging situation of interpersonal interdependence where the best outcome for the group is when exactly one person agrees to make a sacrifice. To give a stark example, who will run into the burning house to save the baby when mom and dad are respectively standing on the front ...

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