We have all played at some time Rock, Paper or Scissors.
Especially as children, but also when we are adults, this game is one of the most democratic and common ways of making decisions and doing homework assignments. Who sets the table? What team do you get when you start a game? No matter what, there is no dilemma or discussion that it cannot be settled by playing rock paper or scissors.
And it is that, if you think about it, tossing a coin in the air is much less exciting than taking your decision from behind your back at high speed and hoping that your partner has removed the opposite. And well, if you enter the Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock of the Big Bang Theory series, the emotion is more than assured. Like the coin, winning or losing in this game is supposed to be a random, But the truth is that we never get the first thing that goes through our minds, rather we tend to mature it earlier.
What is the game of stone, paper or scissors?
Okay, yes, I doubt there is anyone who doesn't know; But, just in case, it doesn't hurt to refresh it. Also, it will be easier to understand this study. As you know, this game is very simple. The two players hide their hands behind the back and after reciting the phrase in unison rock, paper or scissorsThey remove them by forming one of those three options with their fingers: the closed fist (stone), the open hand (paper) or the index and V-shaped fingers (scissors).
To know who has won, just keep in mind that the stone wins the scissors, the paper defeats the stone and the scissors do the same with the paper.
What does the psychology of stone, paper or scissors tell us?
Although theirs will be to be carried away by chance, the truth is that we do not. According to a group of psychologists who decided to delve into the mysteries of this game, normally we choose stone. Although the causes are not clear, it could be due to the idea of robustness and invulnerability that our brain associates with rock.
On the other hand, if we repeat the operation several times (when we decide to do the best of three) if we have won we keep the same optionwhereas if we have tiedor lost, we change for another.
In order to be sure of what they say, these scientists played a group of volunteers with a machineI know he was using chance. In this way, they found that, curiously, decisions are usually cyclicals. For example, if in the previous game they lost, they tended to go down a step; that is, remove the option to which the previous one expired, such as scissors after stone, for example. However, if they had tied, they did the opposite and climb a step, how scissors after paper.
The discovery of these cyclical decision-making is not only very curious, but can also be used to predict the way people behave in other disciplines, such as politics or economics.
Maybe after reading this article you wanted to use all this against your opponents, but you should also know that, according to the study, the best way to win is to use the random. In fact, the best results against the machine were obtained by little kids, which are the only ones that bring out the first thing that comes to mind, without being manipulated by your brain. After all, they have much funnier things to worry about.