Today a lab project we have been working on for a while was published in Scientific Reports!
The paper examines decision-making processes in playing rock-paper-scissors, revealing that what an individual chooses to play on trial n is influenced by the outcome of trial n-1. If we win a 'throw' of rock-paper-scissors, we tend to stay with the same choice for the next try. If we lose, we tend to 'switch down' - meaning if we threw scissors we switch to paper. If we draw, we tend to 'switch up' - so if we threw scissors, we switch to rock. In all cases, we throw whatever would have beaten (or did beat) our opponent on the previous trial.
This was a project we worked on as a full lab - two grad students, two undergrads, and our supervisor - so we are very happy to see it find a home in a great journal like Scientific Reports!
Jonathan Wilbiks, writing on research developments, teaching achievements, and anything of interest!