The role of context on strategic actions in mastermind

Authors
Citation
Jb. Best, The role of context on strategic actions in mastermind, J GEN PSYCH, 127(2), 2000, pp. 165-177
Citations number
15
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0022-1309 → ACNP
Volume
127
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
165 - 177
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-1309(200004)127:2<165:TROCOS>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
When inexperienced solvers play consecutive Mastermind games, they begin to use a strategy in which specific hypothetical types are offered in respons e to specific feedback types, a strategy known as the modal hypothesis stra tegy When participants who had learned that strategy were shifted onto Mast ermind games whose code format was different from, and easier than, that th ey had experienced, their use of the strategy was degraded despite their fa miliarity and experience in dealing with the specific feedback types occurr ing in the new code. The results suggest that the use of a domain-specific strategy is at least somewhat influenced by the match between the context i n which the strategy has been acquired and the context in which it is being put to use.