Please read the instructions below. Pay special attention to the bold sections!


Overview:


Your virtual agent is about to engage in a series of negotiation games with a partner. The objective is to decide how to divide a set of items.
If your virtual agent can agree with your partner, you'll receive the points allocated on your side when you agreed.
Keep in mind that your agent be playing 3 games, so watch out for opportunities to do well in the long-run, such as by exchanging favors!
You are about to engage in a series of negotiation games with a partner. The objective is to decide how to divide a set of items.
If you can agree with your partner, you'll receive the points allocated on your side when you agreed.
Keep in mind that you will be playing 3 games, so watch out for opportunities to do well in the long-run, such as by exchanging favors!

The first of 3 games consists of 4 items: record crates, antique lamps, Art Deco paintings, and cuckoo clocks.
Later games may have different items, and they may be worth more or less! Pay close attention.
In the first game, your agent gets 4 points for each box of records, 3 points for each of the paintings, 2 points for each of the lamps, and only 1 point for each cuckoo clock.
This means that the records are worth the most to it! Your opponent may want the same items, or they may not.
In the first game, you get 4 points for each box of records, 3 points for each of the paintings, 2 points for each of the lamps, and only 1 point for each cuckoo clock.
This means that the records are worth the most to you! Your opponent may want the same items you do, or they may not. Talking to your partner can help reveal what items they may want.


About the Game Board:


Below is a picture of the game board. The chat log is on the right, and a picture of your partner on the left. In the bottom half, there is a trade table and buttons. Near your partner's picture, you may see tips appear to help guide you!
In the game, you can send messages and questions to your opponent. You can also move items around on the game board, and send offers.
Everything you do will appear in the chat log on the right side of the screen so you can look it over.
In the game, your agent can send messages and questions to your opponent. It can also move items around on the game board, and send offers.
Everything it does will appear in the chat log on the right side of the screen so you can look it over.

Picture of the game board


About the Trade Table:


Below is the trade table. With the trade table your agent can send offers to your partner. You cannot interact with this interface and must watch your agent do so for you. Your agent can click any item to pick it up, then click again to place it. For example, it can click one of the lamps in the middle and then click it to your side. It can click multiple times for more items. Nothing sends until it clicks "Send Offer".

It can also accept or reject PARTIAL offers that your partner sends it. These offers aren't binding, but are helpful in building towards a full offer.
Pressing "Formal Accept" is only possible if ALL items are either on its side or your partner's. If they both agree, the game is finished!

Below is the trade table. With the trade table you are able to send offers to your partner. It will start grayed out. Click "Start Offer" to enable it. You can click any item to pick it up, then click again to place it.
For example, you can click one of the lamps in the middle and then click it to your side. You can click multiple times for more items. Nothing sends until you click "Send Offer".

You can also accept or reject PARTIAL offers that your partner sends you. These offers aren't binding, but are helpful in building towards a full offer.
Pressing "Formal Accept" is only possible if ALL items are either on your side or your partner's. If you both agree, the game is finished!

Picture of the table



About Emoticons and Avatars:


The buttons you see below can be used to send emoticons in chat! The blinking emoticon is representing your current emotional state. Use it to communicate how you feel about the negotiation!

The buttons you see below can be used by your agent to send emoticons in chat! The blinking emoticon is representing your current emotional state. Your agent can use it to communicate how it feels about the negotiation!

Picture of the emotion buttons

You will be assigned an avatar that will be visible to your partner. Your avatar will change facial expressions when you send an emoticon. You will be able to see your opponent's avatar across from the chat box.
Their avatar's facial expression will also change when they send emoticons. Below is an example of what your avatar could look like.
Your agent will be assigned an avatar that will be visible to your partner. Your agent's avatar will change facial expressions when it sends an emoticon. You will be able to see your opponent's avatar across from the chat box.
Their avatar's facial expression will also change when they send emoticons. Below is an example of what your agent's avatar could look like.

Picture of an avatar



About Expressing Preferences:



Below you can find an image of the preference menu. During the negotiation you can express your own preferences for items and ask your opponent specific questions about their preferences.
Clicking either of the first two buttons on the right side will let you express your preferences for items. Just click the item you want to talk about once, then click again in one of the boxes.
Here, you can see that you're about to say that you like "lamps" "less than" "paintings". You can also click the "less than" symbol to turn it into different options, like "equal" or "best".


Below you can find an image of the preference menu. During the negotiation your agent can express its preferences for items and ask your opponent specific questions about their preferences.
Clicking either of the first two buttons on the right side will let it express its preferences for items.
Here, you can see that it's about to say that it likes "lamps" "less than" "paintings". It can also click the "less than" symbol to turn it into different options, like "equal" or "best".

Picture of the relation options



Some Final Important Notes:

  • The ONLY way to finish the game is to press "Formal Accept" and have your partner also press it, or for time to run out. Pressing "Accept (non-binding)" will not work.
  • The items and your preferences WILL CHANGE for each game if you are playing multiple games, so make sure to click the "View Payoffs" button if you need a reminder what you're looking for.
  • Your interface will be disabled and you will watch your agent play for you against your opponent.
  • The ONLY way to finish the game is for your agent to press "Formal Accept" and have your partner also press it, or for time to run out. Pressing "Accept (non-binding)" will not work.
  • The items and your preferences WILL CHANGE for each game if you are playing multiple games, so make sure to click the "View Payoffs" button if you need a reminder what you're looking for.



If you are coming from Qualtrics, you only need to answer the 3 quiz questions below and click 'Start!' to begin the game. If you are not coming from Qualtrics and do not want MTurk credit then there will be a form below which you can fill in with your game preferences.




Answer the below questions for the 'start' button to appear!

1) What item is worth the most to you?
lamps
paintings
boxes of records
cuckoo clocks


2) What item is worth the least to you?
cuckoo clocks
paintings
lamps
boxes of records


3) Which item is worth the same amount of points to you and your opponent?
lamps
paintings
It's impossible to know this.
It depends on the opponent's preferences which can be discovered by asking them questions.


Testing Agent vs Agent Form Section:

Note: The following form is intended for internal testing. This form can be submitted to create an agent as if the user had come from Qualtrics.

I want to play the game for myself
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