Are you a jerk? Take the test!

January 13, 2016

If you have ever wondered 'what's in it for me' before helping a stranger, it means you're probably a jerk, according to a new study.

Researchers created a mathematical model to understand why some individuals exhibit kind behaviour to strangers and why other’s just turn the other way.

The study found those who try to decide if there's a payoff before acting, are usually going to act selfishly.


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TAKE THE TEST: THE ORIGINAL PRISONER'S DILEMMA GAME

In the traditional version of the game, the police have arrested two suspects and are interrogating them in separate rooms. 

Each can either confess, thereby implicating the other, or keep silent. 

No matter what the other suspect does, each can improve his own position by confessing. 

If the other confesses, then one had better do the same to avoid the especially harsh sentence that awaits a recalcitrant holdout. 

If the other keeps silent, then one can obtain the favorable treatment accorded a state’s witness by confessing. 

Thus, confession is the dominant strategy for each. But when both confess, the outcome is worse for both than when both keep silent.

The concept of the prisoners’ dilemma was developed by RAND Corporation scientists Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher and was formalized by Albert W. Tucker, a Princeton mathematician.

Source: Library of Economics and Liberty