The Effects of Strategy and Reward Structure on the Development of Cooperation
COLUMBIA UNIV NEW YORK NEW YORK United States
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The way in which Prisoners Dilemma type games are presented to players has been shown to have an effect on how they play. In addition, differences in programmed strategies have been shown to affect the game-playing behavior of subjects. The present study compares the effects of different ways of presenting the game reward structure to the subjects, as well as the effects that the different strategies of an opponent have on the subjects game-playing behavior. The following games were compared A basic two-person Prisoners Dilemma Game, a two-group Prisoners Dilemma Game, a three-person Prisoners Dilemma Game, and three two-person Decomposed Prisoner Dilemmas Games. Within each game the effects of three programmed strategies were compared Unconditional Benevolence, Conditional Benevolence, and Unconditional Malevolence.