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Stress induces contextual blindness in lotteries and coordination games

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  • Brocas, Isabelle
  • Carrillo, Juan D
  • Kendall, Ryan

In this paper, we study how stress affects risk taking in three tasks: individual lotteries, Stag Hunt (coordination) games and Hawk-Dove (anti-coordination) games. Both control and stressed subjects take more risks in all three tasks when the value of the safe option is decreased and in lotteries when the expected gain is increased. Also, subjects take longer to take decisions when stakes are high, when the safe option is less attractive and in the conceptually more difficult Hawk-Dove game. Stress (weakly) increases reaction times in those cases. Finally, our main result is that the behavior of stressed subjects in lotteries, Stag Hunt and Hawk-Dove are all highly predictive of each other (p-value

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Date of creation: Aug 2017
Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:12254
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