Rational maximizing by humans (Homo sapiens) in an ultimatum game

  title={Rational maximizing by humans (Homo sapiens) in an ultimatum game},
  author={Phillip Smith and Alan Silberberg},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
In the human mini-ultimatum game, a proposer splits a sum of money with a responder. If the responder accepts, both are paid. If not, neither is paid. Typically, responders reject inequitable distributions, favoring punishing over maximizing. In Jensen et al.’s (Science 318:107–109, 2007) adaptation with apes, a proposer selects between two distributions of raisins. Despite inequitable offers, responders often accept, thereby maximizing. The rejection response differs between the human and ape… CONTINUE READING