Links for 14th April 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Amazing rats

    "Given that the rats in this study changed their strategy based on the game their opponent was playing, and cooperation rates were only high when the rats played against a tit-for-tat opponent, the authors showed, perhaps for the first time, that rats directly reciprocate. But an even more surprising finding was how well the rats played the game. They plotted and schemed. They manipulated their opponents by taking calculated strategic risks for the high payout reward. In essence, these rodents challenged our perception of animal intelligence and proved that they, too, can master both the game, and the psychological component of competition."

    Tagged with: ratscognitionprisoners-dilemmacompetitionstrategycooperationaltruismpsychology

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