The Creative Alternative Game: Exploring Interpersonal Influence Processes

David R. Seibold, Thomas M. Steinfatt

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In this article we (1) defend the use of game simulations as experiments to test communication-related theories, but argue that game theory per se and the Prisones's Dilemma game are of limited research value to students of communication; (2) explicate a mixed-motive game experiment (Creative Alternative) which permits systematic investigation of interpersonal influence processes; and (3) discuss the use of the Creative Alternative game to study the effects of alternative compliance-gaining strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-457
Number of pages29
JournalSimulation & Gaming
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science Applications


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