Effects of various modes of communication on cooperation between dyads

Kathleen Metcalfe, The College of Wooster


This study looks at how different modes of communication affect cooperation between dyads. The main hypothesis was that dyads in the face-to-face (FTF) condition would cooperate more than those in the computer mediated communication (CMC) condition. Participants were assigned to either the CMC or FTF condition and played the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma game with a partner a total of ten times. Participants then completed a Likert type scale questionnaire designed specifically for this study. This questionnaire aimed to find out about participant's feelings toward their partner, their game strategy, and their use of emoticons. A series of 2 X 2 mixed ANOVAs were performed. The results were not significant and did not show a difference in cooperation between dyads in the FTF and CMC condition. The outcome of this study may have been due to the various limitations experienced during testing, which may be eliminated with future research.