A Memory-Based Account of the Spatial Prisoner's Dilemma

in L. Carlson, C. Holscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 342-347 ). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, 2011

6 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2013

Date Written: June 24, 2011

Abstract

After the seminal work of Nowak and May (1992), the Spatial Prisoner’s Dilemma has become a common metaphor for studying the dynamics of cooperation in a spatially structured population. In contrast to the widely employed evolutionary model, which studies the dynamics of cooperation in a population of primitive players that lack memory, this paper examines the problem of cooperation in a population of memory-based players. Using computational simulations, it is shown that partial cooperation is maintained in a spatially structured population of players whose decision-making is effectuated by the adaptive nature of memory embodied in the ACT-R cognitive architecture (Anderson & Lebiere, 1998).

Keywords: Cooperation, Spatial Prisoner’s Dilemma, ACT-R, Cognitive Modeling, Memory

JEL Classification: C63, C72, D83, H41

Suggested Citation

Cotla, Chenna Reddy, A Memory-Based Account of the Spatial Prisoner's Dilemma (June 24, 2011). in L. Carlson, C. Holscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 342-347 ). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1871624

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