Negotiating, family style
In a series of experiments, pairs of individuals ate snack food and then played business strategy games. When the food was eaten from a shared container compared to separate containers, pairs cooperated more and achieved better results. This was true both when they were strangers and when they were friends. When asked what would happen in such situations, people did predict greater cooperation, but nevertheless, most said they still would’ve preferred to eat from separate containers.
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