Test of Social Exchange Theory
Description of Research Project:
Social Exchange Theory is a theory about the facilitation of deductive reasoning (specifically the Wason Card Selection Task) put forward by Leda Cosmides and John Tooby. Although this theory has been much discussed, there are aspects of it (such us the relative importance of intentionality, presence of a cost, and presence of a reward) that have not been tested on a large scale. Contemporary online methodologies make it possible for us to do so. We plan to conduct a large scale test of Social Exchange Theory using Qualtrics and participants recruited through Amazon's Mechanical Turk system.
Description of Student Responsibilities:
The student will assist in constructing the stimuli for the study, and in managing the data once the study is implemented.