Is there a strategy to winning “Rock Paper Scissors?” A new study says there is.
What did the researchers find? The players who won the first round of a game tended to repeat their same pattern of moves in subsequent rounds. Players who lost were more likely to switch their moves in a “clockwise direction” (going from rock to paper, paper to scissors, or scissors to rock). The take-away is that if a player loses a round by offering up a “rock,” he/she is more likely to play “paper” the next time. If a player wins a round by playing the rock hand, it’s more likely that he/she will “play rock” again.
Got it? To win, just pay attention to what your opponent just played. Then you can anticipate what your opponent will do next, and play the hand that will beat that move.