Internationalism-isolationism, strategy of the other player, and two-person game behavior

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24 internationalistic and 24 isolationistic Ss played a series of 60 modified Prisoner's Dilemma games. Unknown to the Ss, E assumed the role of the “other player” and utilized strategies of 85%, 50%, or 15% cooperative responses. The results indicated: (a) isolationists make more competitive responses, (b) the number of competitive responses increases over blocks of trials, (c) there is an interaction between personality and trial blocks, and (d) the strategy of the other player does not significantly affect behavior. 2 possible interpretations of the relationship between isolationism-internationalism and game playing behavior are suggested: (a) isolationists employ strategies to maximize their gains and their opponents' losses, and/or (b) isolationists have a generalized tendency to compete. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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