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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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Brian Lunday, PhD


This research examines and quantifies the degree to which both information communication modality and the situational complexity affect individuals' ability to process the provided information and determine an effective strategy. Human subject testing herein consists of benign benevolent intervention involving the presentation of a series of strategic situations. For each situation, a participant attempts to identify their best response for a two-player, normal-form game with complete information. In each such game, players seek to maximize their own utility while considering their own actions, their opponent's actions, and each player's respective preferences over outcomes resulting from the possible combinations of actions. Dual channel theory directly informs our experiment's design; it specifies both the manner in which humans process information and the existence of capacity limits to such cognitive mechanisms.

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