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ERIC Number: EJ932189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Using the Ultimatum Game to Teach Economic Theories of Relationship Maintenance to A-Level Students
Knight, Simon
Psychology Teaching Review, v17 n1 p46-49 Spr 2011
When teaching at A-level, educators often present a model of psychology that does not extend beyond the confines of the specification. However, sometimes not only is it possible to provide insight into other areas of psychology, it provides a novel way of understanding a concept included in the specification itself. By extending student's knowledge into other areas of psychology teachers offer them an opportunity to explore research extending their knowledge into degree level psychology, and outside of the fairly strict paradigm approaches taught at A-level (cognitive, behavioural, etc.). In this article, the author describes the use of the ultimatum game, a simple one-shot two player game, to teach economic theories of relationship maintenance to A-level students. By using the game theoretic expectation for the ultimatum game alongside the experimental result, teachers can provide an analogy for teaching concepts including the social exchange and equity theories of relationship formation and maintenance.
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Language: English
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