A METHODOLOGICAL PREPARATION FOR THE ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL EXCHANGE BEHAVIOR
 
Ribes-Iesta, E. and Rangel, N., University of Guadalajara, Mexico
 
It is described a methodological preparation to be used in laboratory and natural settings for the systematic study of social exchange behaviors such as cooperation, competition, and altruism, among others. The basic preparation includes two or more interconnected computers which present visual puzzles to be solved. Subjects participating in the completing the visual puzzles may interact simultaneously in any of the different puzzles being presented in each computer, may track the solving process by their peers, and may check the number of correct placements and earnings obtained. Some preliminary data are shown in order to discuss the advantages of this methodological preparation for the study of social exchange behaviors.