Trust Fountain is a two-person drinking fountain at which people choose whether to give their partner a sip or a squirt in the face. What you actually get depends on how both partners choose. This exhibit is based on the Prisoner’s Dilemma, a classic scenario social scientists use to study trust and negotiation. What would you choose—sip or squirt?Photo by Gayle Laird© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

Trust Fountain is a two-person drinking fountain at which people choose whether to give their partner a sip or a squirt in the face. What you actually get depends on how both partners choose. This exhibit is based on the Prisoner’s Dilemma, a classic scenario social scientists use to study trust and negotiation. What would you choose—sip or squirt?

Photo by Gayle Laird
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu