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    What a sad lot? Young Children Only Generous When Others Are Aware of Their Actions

    Young Children Are More Generous When Others Are Aware of Their Actions

    Kristin L. Leimgruber*, Alex Shaw, Laurie R. Santos, Kristina R. OlsonDepartment of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America


    Adults frequently employ reputation-enhancing strategies when engaging in prosocial acts, behaving more generously when their actions are likely to be witnessed by others and even more so when the extent of their generosity is made public.

    This study examined the developmental origins of sensitivity to cues associated with reputationally motivated prosociality by presenting five-year-olds with the option to provide one or four stickers to a familiar peer recipient at no cost to themselves.

    We systematically manipulated the recipient’s knowledge of the actor’s choices in two different ways:

    (1) occluding the recipient’s view of both the actor and the allocation options and
    (2) presenting allocations in opaque containers whose contents were visible only to the actor.

    Children were consistently generous only when the recipient was fully aware of the donation options; in all cases in which the recipient was not aware of the donation options, children were strikingly ungenerous. These results demonstrate that five-year-olds exhibit “strategic prosociality,” behaving differentially generous as a function of the amount of information available to the recipient about their actions.

    These findings suggest that long before they develop a rich understanding of the social significance of reputation or are conscious of complex strategic reasoning, children behave more generously when the details of their prosocial actions are available to others.

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    As I said in the Ghandi thread, "when in the limelight!" Folks, most that is, only tend to do good deeds when they are in the limelight. Home many people do a good deed but get greater satisfaction from the compliments of other? Celebrity or not!

    There are very few who want to be unnoticed unless they are covering a dark secret such as Jimmy S and Gary G to mention a few!

    My wife and I have done many things, but that's between me and her.
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    maybe its related to the human "reward"-mechanism?
    humans dont feel the reward, when nobody sees it...
    the reward system, dependent on others - mostly?

    fact is: doing good to others contributes more to the own happiness than doing good to themselves...

    think buddha and the dalai lama explained that, too...

    but maybe its not true for extremely selfish people?

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    raises the question, if its also much more effective when scolded or smacked in public...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    Dunno if i agree with that. There used to be a mental women in our village called Mary that cycled everywhere and offered blow jobs to passers by. A most kind offer.
    I myself did not take advantage of her. I only had one or two of them.

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