Here's how to win at rock-paper-scissors
Here's how to win at rock-paper-scissors Two players compete at the first international Rock, Paper, Scissors Championships in Beijing, China in 2008
Here's how to win at rock-paper-scissors
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Most everyone has played rock-paper-scissors. The game is used to choose up sides, or see who goes first or determine who gets the last piece of cake.

Now a study finds that people actually fall into patterns. Led by researchers at Zhejiang University in China, the study recruited 360 students, who played 300 rounds of the game.

According to the study, people who won the first round were more likely to stick with the same action. Those who lost switched to the next action in a clockwise direction (rock switches to paper, paper switches to scissors, scissors switches to rock).

As a savvy player, you can use that knowledge to your advantage if you lose. For example, if your opponent beats your rock with paper, theyre likely to choose paper the next game, so you should go with scissors.

This follows the basic theory that humans tend to stick with a winning strategy, the MIT Technology Review reports. As a player, your best bet is to resist that urge and go for a completely random object each time.

Critical thinking challenge: What does this study say about human behavior? Do humans prefer variety or consistency?

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COMMENTS (106)
  • josea-Koc
    5/04/2014 - 03:25 a.m.

    To show how the humans reactions are either accurate or not. There more for variety because the humans needs,people and the scientists show how to.

  • IanL-4
    5/04/2014 - 08:24 a.m.

    A study on how to win Rock Paper Scissors was done at the University of China, Zhejiang. The study showed people fall into patterns. The study showed that people who won the first round would usually use the same move in the next round. The loser would usually change in a clockwise action. I think it's kind of crazy that they could realize what people do In
    The game.

  • manuela-Koc
    5/04/2014 - 11:32 a.m.

    I think that was good to know because then you know how to win or lose when you won't like if u want to win I use this method to go for the win but if you want to lose u can go and not win

  • manuela-Koc
    5/04/2014 - 11:32 a.m.

    I think that was good to know because then you know how to win or lose when you won't like if u want to win I use this method to go for the win but if you want to lose u can go and not win

  • ALENAK-ZDE
    5/04/2014 - 04:22 p.m.

    This is actually quite interesting. The study shows that humans tend to stay within their own "comfort zone". This information can relate to things beyond rock-paper-scissors, for example, people tend to stay within their "comfort zone" in things such as fashion. More studies should be taken about this topic that humans are usually unwilling to try new things, and with more studies, perhaps we could find a way to draw people out of their "comfort zone".

  • davontap-Koc
    5/04/2014 - 05:38 p.m.

    Humans stick with a winning startegy they use the same thing over and over intil they lose then they change up there strategy intil they begin to win again .

  • ramsesv-Koc
    5/04/2014 - 07:14 p.m.

    This is cool because now there is an actual strategy to the game and its not just at random now that they found a system they could make plans

  • manuelp-Koc
    5/04/2014 - 09:43 p.m.

    Most likely people follow the same patern en
    Fall into the same because think is luck but is all
    About focus to see what ur oppointment going to do next!

  • joshuar-Koc
    5/04/2014 - 10:18 p.m.

    I haven't played rock, paper, or scissors in a long time. But when I did it help determine a lot for my when I played games or wanted something. I know i did it a lot with my sister for things.

  • andrewc-Koc
    5/04/2014 - 11:36 p.m.

    This study shows that humans like to stick with stuff they're use to doing. With the game they are use to having a routine and don't like to do random moves. Humans prefer consistency because if it works we don't want to change it.

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