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Games & Simulations
In comparison to Zero Sum Games which are strictly competative,
mixed motive games involve both competition and cooperation. Situations
calling for both competive and cooperative strategies are the more prevelent
in everday life. The study of basic social processes is thus best approached
from the perspective of a mixed motive environment, but a classic example
of the zero sum situation is included here for purposes of contrast and
Formation In what important ways do two person groups differ from
three person groups, and under what conditions are people most likely
to form coalitions with others? Find out for yourself in this simulation.
Some psychologists claim we learn by trial and error, gradually coming
to associate stimulus and response with one another. Others say we learn
by insight, since solutions can occur spontaneously without conscious
deliberation. Study your behavior on this problem solving task.
- Mixed Motive Game
1: Social Exchange Play this game with sociologist George Casper Homans
and learn how norms of cooperation can evolve among self-interested individuals
even under conditions of anarchy.
- Zero Sum Game: Tic-tac-toe Play against the
computer or another person.
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