Experimentally Induced Empathy Has No Impact on Generosity in a Monetarily Incentivized Dictator Game

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Lönnqvist , J-E & Walkowitz , G 2019 , ' Experimentally Induced Empathy Has No Impact on Generosity in a Monetarily Incentivized Dictator Game ' , Frontiers in Psychology , vol. 10 , 337 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00337

Title: Experimentally Induced Empathy Has No Impact on Generosity in a Monetarily Incentivized Dictator Game
Author: Lönnqvist, Jan-Erik; Walkowitz, Gari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Date: 2019-03-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/300255
Abstract: In a monetarily incentivized Dictator Game, we expected Dictators' empathy toward the Recipients to cause more pro-social allocations. Empathy was experimentally induced via a commonly used perspective taking task. Dictators (N = 474) were instructed to split an endowment of 10(sic) between themselves and an unknown Recipient. They could split the money 8/2 (8(sic) for Dictator, 2(sic) for Recipient) or 5/5 (5(sic) each). Although the empathy manipulation successfully increased Dictators' feelings of empathy toward the Recipients, Dictators' decisions on how to split the money were not affected. We had ample statistical power (above 0.99) to detect a typical social psychology effect (corresponding to r around 0.20). Other possible determinants of generosity in the Dictator Game should be investigated.
Subject: empathy
dictator game
generosity
altruism
experimental economics
ALTRUISM
FAIRNESS
BEHAVIOR
PERSONALITY
COMPASSION
INCREASES
RATHER
5144 Social psychology
515 Psychology
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