EDUCATION: Games People--and Animals--Play

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Science  12 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5579, pp. 163
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5579.163d

Research on game theory—the idea that social and economic interactions are contests in which players pursue particular strategies—has yielded insights into everything from the evolution of cooperation to consumer preferences. Aimed at teachers and college and grad school students, Game is a mixture of serious learning resources and fun stuff compiled by management professor Mike Shor of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Teachers will find a bounty of useful material, including homework problems, quizzes and tests, and lecture notes ranging from basic courses to advanced seminars on choice theory. A collection of Java applets lets you try out different strategies in games such as the prisoner's dilemma, in which players have to decide whether to inform on their accomplice in crime or stonewall the authorities.

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