The Thinking Steps Model in Game Theory: A Qualitative Approach in Following the Rules


  • Douglas L. Micklich


Game theory is a mathematical system for analyzing and predicting how humans behave in strategic situations. Much research has been conducted in this area and numerous mathematical models have been suggested to explain each of these games. The purpose of this paper is to take the “thinking steps model”, a behavioral approach, and show the application in non-mathematical terms in a non-cooperative game situation using the vertical checkers game, “Connect Four”. It is hoped that through this method we can develop a better understanding on how people think in strategic situations