The Trust Game

Melanie Hoff

How does political prejudice play out between strangers online? How do social groups script rituals of exchange and how can these scripts be rewritten?


The Trust Game is is an online game and social experiment about trust and ideology. It's about shared value and rituals of exchange and is based on the rules of a behavioral economics game of the same name.
The only thing players know about the other player is which ideological organization they support. Whatever players earn from the game gets automatically donated to an ideologically aligned non-profit of their choice.
Each player defines for themselves what winning is.
Does winning mean giving more money to your organization or less money to your game partner’s organization.
How do we design platforms that encourage and facilitate trust between people despite differing world-views?



Thesis Presentation Video