Strategic game for experimental research

based on Hedden and Zhang's matrix game (2002)
used in my research project "Children's development of reasoning about other people's minds"

Information

This program is an implementation of Hedden and Zhang's matrix game experiment (2002). It was used for my research project: "Children's development of reasoning about other people's minds". In this experiment, a test subject and a computer opponent move a car across a track. Each player tries to move the car in such a way that his own payoffs are maximized. To play the game successfully, a player needs to predict his opponent's actions. The game can be used to test a subject's application of first and second order theory of mind.

Downloads

Windows version (2228KB), includes source code.
Source code only (160KB), for people who have installed DrScheme. DrScheme is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Thesis: Children's development of reasoning about other people's minds (862KB), the research project for which this game was developed.

Screenshots from the Dutch version

The program asks for a prediction: "What do you think YELLOW will do if the car reaches the yellow intersection? Click on one of the arrows."

The program asks for an action: "In which direction do you want to go? Click on one of the arrows."