Learning Along with Others
Overview: We have developed internet-enabled experimental platforms to explore group patterns that emerge when people can see and imitate the solutions, innovations, and choices of their peers over several rounds. Experiments and simulations show that there is a systematic relation between the difficulty of a problem search space and the optimal social network for transmitting solutions. With more complex search spaces, people imitate: prevalent options, options that become increasingly prevalent, high-scoring options, solutions similar to one’s own solution, and during the early stages of an extended search process. Historical records of baby names show that naming choices are influenced by both the frequency of a name, and increasingly by its “momentum” in the recent past.
READINGS:Goldstone, R. L., Wisdom, T. N., Roberts, M. E., & Frey, S. (2013). Learning along with others. Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 58, 1-45.
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Roberts, M. E., & Goldstone, R. L. (2011). Adaptive Group Coordination and Role Differentiation. PLoS One, 6, 1-8.
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