Topographic Analysis of Cognitive Load in Tacit Coordination Games Based on Electrophysiological Measurements

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Tacit coordination games are coordination games in which communication between the players is not possible. Various studies have shown that people succeed in these games beyond what is predicted by classical game theory. This success is attributed to the identification of focal points (also known as Schelling points). Focal points are pronounced solutions based on salient features of the game that somehow attracts the players’ attention. Experiments with tacit coordination games show that some players manage to “see” the focal points and reason about the selections made by the co-player, while others fail to do so, and might turn to guessing. According to the Cognitive Hierarchy Theory (CHT), the task of coordinating, that is, reasoning about what the other player would choose is performed on cognitive levels greater than or equal to 1. In contrast, the task of just picking an answer, without an explicit need to coordinate is done at cognitive level 0. With that in mind, our study has two main purposes. First, to examine whether the same task that is defined each time at a different cognitive level (picking or coordination) causes a different psychological cognitive load in the participating players. Second, to examine the distribution of cognitive load across the scalp during coordination tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems and Neuroscience - NeuroIS Retreat, 2021
EditorsFred D. Davis, René Riedl, Jan vom Brocke, Pierre-Majorique Léger, Adriane B. Randolph, Gernot Müller-Putz
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030888992
StatePublished - 2021
Event13th Annual Information Systems and Neuroscience, NeuroIS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 1 Jun 20213 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
Volume52 LNISO
ISSN (Print)2195-4968
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4976


Conference13th Annual Information Systems and Neuroscience, NeuroIS 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Cognitive Hierarchy Theory (CHT)
  • EEG
  • Tacit coordination games
  • Theta/Beta ratio


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