Accession Number : AD0646377

Title :   GENERALIZABILITY OF GAME PLAYING SKILL.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : AKRON UNIV OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Shriver,June DeLuca

Report Date : 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 118

Abstract : The study attempted to discover whether (1) skill in one strategic game (The Game of 99) is generalizable to another strategic game, (Pipeline), (2) strategic skill is different from puzzle-solving skill, (3) preference for and experience in strategic games, and (4) personality factors, as measured by the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey, are related to skill in games of strategy. Twenty-four male University of Akron students (12 science majors and 12 non-science majors) participated in a round robin tournament of two games of strategy. Each was presented with a puzzle to solve. Their number of wins in each of the two games of strategy and their weighted puzzle scores were correlated with biographic, intellective, self-reported preference and experience scores, and personality factors as measured by the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey. The results seem to justify the following conclusions: (1) generalization of skill between two games which meet the operational definitions of strategic games was not demonstrated by this study, (2) there is no relationship between preference for and experience in strategic games, activities or situations and strategic skills as measured by the Game of 99 and Pipeline, and (3) no relationship was demonstrated between skill in the Game of 99 or Pipeline and personality factors as measured by the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DECISION MAKING, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), (*GAME THEORY, DECISION MAKING), PROBLEM SOLVING, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, INTELLIGENCE TESTS, PERSONALITY TESTS, GROUP DYNAMICS, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, LEARNING, CHILDREN

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE