When group outcomes depend on minimal effort (e.g., work team, search and rescue, or indigenous hunt success), a classic coordination problem exists.  Using a well-established paradigm, we examine how a common cognitive state (insufficient sleep) impacts coordination outcomes.  Our data indicate that insufficient sleep increases coordination failure costs, which suggests that the sleep or, more generally, cognitive composition of a group might determine its ability to escape from a trap of costly miscoordination and wasted cooperative efforts.  These findings are first evidence of the potentially large externality of a commonly experienced biological state (insufficient sleep) that has infiltrated many societies.

About the presenter’s visit

Dr David Dickinson will be visiting the School of Economics on Monday 13th May 2019.  While here he will be using room 520A Colin Clark Building.  If you would like to meet with him or have lunch or dinner with him please contact  A/Prof Lana Friesen who will be his host while at The University of Queensland.  A/Prof Friesen can be contact on l.friesen@uq.edu.au.

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