The Scientific Way To Win At Rock-Paper-Scissors
An experiment suggests players tend to use a certain strategy, and you can exploit it.By Ryan Biek | December 8, 2015
Everyone wants to win at rock-paper-scissors. But is there such a thing as a winning strategy?
In an experiment with 72 participants, Chinese researchers found winners tended to repeat their strategies in best-of-three series, while losers switched to the one that would have beaten their opponent the round before.
For example, if the loser threw rock the first round and the winner threw paper, the winner would be more likely to throw paper again, and the loser would be more likely to throw scissors.