What is the Prisoner's Dilemma? - Albert Tucker & Game Theory


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Which of the following is the BEST explanation of the purpose behind Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher's game theory experiments:

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1. How is the situation of the Cold War similar to that of the hypothetical scenario presented in the prisoner's dilemma?

2. In the prisoner's dilemma situation featuring Bonnie and Clyde, the most favorable outcome for both prisoners is for

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combination helps you to examine the prisoner's dilemma and how it relates to the Cold War. You will pass the quiz if you are familiar with topics like the game theory experiments and the definition of the prisoner's dilemma.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize this quiz and worksheet to test yourself on the following topics:

  • Merrill Flood's and Melvin Dresher's game theory experiments
  • The Cold War as a prisoner's dilemma
  • Definition of the prisoner's dilemma
  • Achieving the most favorable outcome in a prisoner's dilemma
  • Creator of the prisoner's dilemma

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills when you use these assessment tools:

  • Making connections - understand how the game theory experiments and the Cold War influenced the creation of the prisoner's dilemma
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding outcomes of the prisoner's dilemma and how they are achieved and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the prisoner's dilemma

Additional Learning

Read through the lesson titled Prisoner's Dilemma to learn more about the topic. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Explore the game theory as it was applied to the Cold War and global nuclear strategies
  • Examine how the prisoners in the prisoner's dilemma can achieve different outcomes
  • Identify the payoff in the prisoner's dilemma
  • Understand how the prisoner's dilemma highlights the battle between self-interest and the interests of a group