Is the Ultimatum Game a three-body affair?

Gerd Gigerenzer, Thalia Gigerenzer

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The Ultimatum Game is commonly interpreted as a two-person bargaining game. The third person who donates and may withdraw the money is not included in the theoretical equations, but treated like a neutral measurement instrument. Yet in a cross-cultural analysis it seems necessary to consider the possibility that the thoughts of a player - strategic, altruistic, selfish, or concerned about reputation - are influenced by both an anonymous second player and the non-anonymous experimenter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-824
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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