Author Archives: tkbarnet

A Shift in Focus

It’s gotten to the point where I need to move onto the planning stage of my own study. This does not mean that I am going to stop reading and researching, just devote a little less time to it. Now I wanted to use this blog post to dive into my initial planning and next steps for my own research study. Continue reading

Ultimatums and Bias – Tom

This week I am going to dive right into another study I have read recently. I found it to be an interesting study and was much more align with my overall focus than the study I talked about last week. The study is called The Price of Racial Bias: Intergroup Negotiations in the Ultimatum Game. The purpose of the study was to see if racial stereotypes of Black Americans would affect perceptions in financial negotiations. Continue reading

Buildings and Bias – Tom

As I said I would last week, I have dived into reading the research of others on implicit bias. I wanted to use this post to share some of what I learned. The study I read is called Community Perception: The Ability to Assess the Safety of Unfamiliar Neighborhoods and Respond Adaptively. Unlike many of my other sources, this one was focused on the implicit biases people create from neighborhoods and the buildings within them. The study had two goals, to see if the subjects could accurately estimate the safety of an unknown neighborhood, and to see if they were using indicators of disorder to do so. Continue reading

A New Path – Tom

It is a new semester, and my independent is taking a very new direction. I wrapped up my game theory course, and now I am moving onto implicit bias. Like Alyssa said, implicit bias is changes in how people act based on subconscious factors. It is often in the headlines these days due to how it affects many different aspects of our society, be it college admissions or racial profiling. Continue reading

The Importance of a Reflection

So far, my independent project has been a fascinating and instructive experience. I’ve learned so much about decision making which is really what game theory is all about. When studying dominated strategies, I learned about the idea of a strictly wrong choice. Through Nash Equilibrium I learned about the existence of a no regret choice for all players. And I’ve also learned about how outside factors can effect a Nash Equilibrium. Continue reading

The Importance of the Moderate Voter

It’s hard not to think about the upcoming election looming just three weeks away. I spend hours each day, talking about it in history class, refreshing 538, the best election blog, or just checking out Donald Trump’s twitter feed. But, instead viewing this as a distraction, I remembered an intriguing way to tie game theory into the upcoming election. So today, I’m going to take a break from the Nash equilibrium to introduce the Median Voter Theorem. Continue reading

The Importance of A Beautiful Mind

If you have ever read anything about game theory, you have probably heard of John Nash. He was an influential mathematician that made major contributions to the fields of game theory, differential geometry, and differential equations. In 1994, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work. You would think that a mathematician’s life would be quite dull, but his definitely was not. There was even a movie made about his life called A Beautiful Mind. It actually won four Oscars, including Best Picture. I mention Nash because of his most famous addition to game theory, the Nash equilibrium. Continue reading

The Importance of Another Person’s Hat

This week I am going to expand on the concept of looking from the view of the other players. To an infinite degree actually. But first let me go back to the beginning and to what you can do when viewing a game from another person’s shoes. The simplest form of this I already explained, which is the elimination of dominated strategies. To resummarize, it is finding what choices will always be worse than another no matter what others do, and removing them from the scenario. Continue reading