Systems Analysis and Modeling of Small Groups: Isolation and SEALAB.
Final technical rept. 1 Oct 62-31 Mar 68,
ARIZONA STATE UNIV TEMPE
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Much of the research accomplished was continuation and expansion of work in experimental analysis of behavior under a previous contract at the University of Virginia. Early research at ASU was directed toward developing stable baselines and stimulus control techniques to analyze group phenomena from an experimental standpoint. In the second year the investigators started to direct attention of the pay-off matrices as described in game theory to reinforcement and reinforcement value, which in turn, led to more extensive exploration of the area of competition. Ensuing years were devoted to an investigation of specific group phenomena such as competing contingencies, again within the matrix of game theory, which indicated that there was a three-fold fusion of game theory orientation with pay-off matrices as a quantitative method of establishing value and operant conditioning techniques. This led to exploration of systems analysis as a means of analyzing conditioning procedures in group events. Author