New grant for the Innovation Management Group

PhD Student Oana Vuculescu and Assistant Professor Carsten Bergenholtz receive new seed funding for conducting experiments

2015.03.12 | Merete Elmann

As part of a wider collaboration with Associate Professor Jacob Sherson from Department of Physics and Astronomy, AU Ideas Centre for Community Driven Research (CODER), the project 'Avoiding fixation effects in collective problem solving' has received DKK 100,000 seed money from The Interacting Minds Centre. This will help fund a series of experimental studies. These experiments are the first step to being able to perform massive tests on the Science at Home platform, in an attempt to introduce collaboration to the Quantum Moves game; a game designed to pit humans against computers to control a scalable quantum computer.

The overall aim is to attempt to investigate social learning and when to reveal information in groups - i.e. when should an individual trying to solve a problem have access to information from other individual solvers. This project follows up on former studies and is designed with two goals in mind:
1) Robustness checks for previous results – showing that they are not contingent on exogenous factors
    such as website layout, game design etc.
2) Introducing a time dimension as well as a contingency element to a previous study.

As such, social learning is argued to be beneficial since solvers are often able to faster represent the problem structure and solve a problem more efficiently, but they are also likely to fixate on peers’ contributions.



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