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Scientists unravel the secret of winning in the "rock-paper-scissors"

December 19 2007

The British scientists conducted a study and found that the popular children's game "Rock, paper, scissors" the most advantageous option is "scissors", reports The Daily Mail.

Rules for all popular game world known to all: "stone" tupit "scissors", "scissors" cut "paper" and "paper" wraps "stone."

Scientists have found a simple algorithm for gain: more often than the enemy expects unconsciously gesture of "stone", shows why the "paper". Using this logic you can increase your chances of winning and trick out your opponent, showing the "scissors", writes British newspaper.

Knowledge of this psychological law has helped house Christie's to win a big deal at the house Sotheby's in 2005. Japanese client could not decide which auction it wants to sell his collection of Impressionist paintings, and invited representatives of houses to play a game. Guide at Christie's followed the advice of 11-year old daughter of the director, who said that everyone expects to see "rock". This helped win the competition.

Another pattern is associated with the second round: people unconsciously show what could beat him in the past. So if the first time the enemy threw the "Stone", the second time appropriate to skip the "scissors": he will likely choose the "paper".

In the U.S. there is a national league for the game "Rock, paper, scissors", which periodically conducts a national championship. According to representatives of the league, it's a real sport.

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