SOCIAL BACKGROUND AND THE PLAY OF GAMES.
Technical rept. no. 2,
AKRON UNIV OHIO
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To gain insight into differences in the ways task-oriented groups solve puzzles, take risks, and make strategic decisions, two- and three-person groups were observed playing puzzles, games of chance, and games of strategy. Data were gathered to indicate preferences and performance and used to test the hypotheses that male upper college students who major in science or engineering would tend to prefer and be better at puzzles male upper college students who major in non-scientific fields will prefer and be better at games of chance and strategy, and that females who major in non-scientific fields will prefer and be better at games of strategy. The findings support the hypotheses concerning preference, and also show a slight relationship between preference and performance. They do not, however, support the predicted relationship between academic field and performance. Author