Psychology professor’s tricky extra credit question

Posted at 6:34 AM, Jul 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-20 08:36:07-04

MARYLAND– Everyone loves extra credit, right? Wrong.

This is the dilemma some college students at the University of Maryland recently came across. The tweet went viral and the professor in charge of that question stepped forward.

He says that type of question has been around for years– he told USA Today College it’s an example of the “tragedy of the commons.” That’s basically choosing between what’s good for you personally versus what’s good for a group as a whole.

So what would you choose? He says only one class since 2008 has received the extra credit.

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