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  • At an all you can eat buffet, you pay one price for all

  • the deliciousness you want.

  • But if you go in without a strategy,

  • you're going to get ripped off.

  • I'm going to show you how to get your money's worth

  • and how to defeat the evil buffet master

  • as depicted by my 6-year-old.

  • [music playing]

  • An all you can eat buffet is basically

  • a game with winners and losers.

  • Joining me now to show us the path to victory

  • is Dr. Teigen Wall.

  • She's an expert in neuroscience and game theory.

  • So Teigen, what kind of game is a buffet?

  • Well Dan, a buffet is a competitive game.

  • But it's also what's called a zero-sum game,

  • which means if one side is winning,

  • the other side has to be losing.

  • Both sides can end up better off.

  • And in this case, the two sides

  • are us, the eaters of the world, and our enemy,

  • the evil buffet master.

  • You mean your local restaurant owner?

  • OK.

  • We've set up a real buffet here in our lab.

  • Let's see what the research assistants are doing.

  • Right off the bat, I'm worried about Angela's technique here.

  • This area is what I call the buffet master's booby trap.

  • He's going to load up this area with cheap filler.

  • Trying to fill your plate and your stomach before you

  • get to his crown jewels.

  • Teigen, what are you seeing here?

  • Well, with a buffet like this, you

  • definitely have to be worried about what's

  • called the paradox of choice.

  • Where having more options makes you less happy

  • than having fewer options.

  • What's the solution to that?

  • Go for the things you know you want first,

  • and then take a survey for the things

  • you might also like second.

  • And if the thing you really want

  • is rolls and iceberg lettuce that's fine,

  • but maybe you shouldn't be paying

  • for an all you can eat buffet.

  • Let's see how Isaac down here is doing.

  • I liked that he made it past the booby trap with a clean plate.

  • And I also like that his eyes are scanning the entire buffet

  • scoping out all the options.

  • Good work, Isaac.

  • Katie's taken a very small amount of many different items.

  • A sampler plate to start.

  • That's a great strategy.

  • Then on the second helping, you go in for the kill on the items

  • that you like the best.

  • One thing that even Katie has to watch out for though

  • is called the framing effect.

  • See, they've put the meat and the potatoes together.

  • And because you associate the two,

  • you're more likely to fill up on the potatoes

  • even though they're cheap filler.

  • You know Teigen, one issue at buffets

  • is how do you get seconds without waiting in line again?

  • Especially if you only want a little bit of a prized morsel

  • where there's a big crowd?

  • I have a movie call, the hummingbird technique.

  • Find a gap in the line, hover, and dart.

  • Well Teigen, we vanquished the evil buffet master.

  • Victory never tasted so good.

  • It comes with cake.

  • Yeah.

  • High five.

  • Check out my podcast.

  • It's called, "The Sporkful."

  • Subscribe today.

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