Social Psychology

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The name of the game.

How do labels influence our behaviour? Do we act differently around people when an activity is given a more co-operative name? A more competitive name?

First consider the classic problem of the 'prisoner's dilemma,' which explores the behaviour of people faced with a choice about risk and gain when choices affect multiple people. Then read how behaviour in that scenario is affected by the 'name of the game.'

The prisoner's dilemma

Predictive Power of Reputations vs Situational Labels in Determining Prisoner's Dilemma Game Moves

Liberman et. al 2004
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Schemas & Heuristics

Our social interactions are influenced by interpretative schemas we apply to sensory inputs. These schemas also drive actions we take in groups as we seek to achieve goals. The work of Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman along with Amos Tversky is essential for understanding the effects of automatic processes on our social lives.

Tversky & Kahneman 1973