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The problem of skill acquisition is ubiquitous and fundamental to life. Most tasks in modern society involve the cooperation with other subjects. Notwithstanding its fundamental importance, teammate selection is commonly overlooked when studying learning. We exploit the virtually infinite repository of human behavior available in Internet to study a relevant topic in anthropological science: how grouping strategies may affect learning. We analyze the impact of team play strategies in skill acquisition using a turn-based game where players can participate individually or in teams. We unveil a subtle but strong effect in skill acquisition based on the way teams are formed and maintained during time. “Faithfulness-boost effect” provides a skill boost during the first games that would only be acquired after thousands of games. The tendency to play games in teams is associated with a long-run skill improvement while playing loyally with the same teammate significantly accelerates short-run skill acquisition. © 2019 Landfried et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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Título:Faithfulness-boost effect: Loyal teammate selection correlates with skill acquisition improvement in online games
Autor:Landfried, G.; Slezak, D.F.; Mocskos, E.
Filiación:Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Departamento de Computación, Buenos Aires, Argentina
CONICET, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Computación (ICC), Buenos Aires, Argentina
CONICET, Centro de Simulación Computacional p/Aplic Tecnológicas (CSC), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Palabras clave:article; human; human experiment; Internet; learning; skill
Título revista:PLoS ONE
Título revista abreviado:PLoS ONE


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Landfried, G., Slezak, D.F. & Mocskos, E. (2019) . Faithfulness-boost effect: Loyal teammate selection correlates with skill acquisition improvement in online games. PLoS ONE, 14(3).
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Landfried, G., Slezak, D.F., Mocskos, E. "Faithfulness-boost effect: Loyal teammate selection correlates with skill acquisition improvement in online games" . PLoS ONE 14, no. 3 (2019).
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Landfried, G., Slezak, D.F., Mocskos, E. Faithfulness-boost effect: Loyal teammate selection correlates with skill acquisition improvement in online games. PLoS ONE. 2019;14(3).