Saturday, July 20, 2013

Take Two 'Normal' People, Add Money To Just One Of Them, and Watch

Players who were given extra money when playing Monopoly attributed their wins to their own skill and personal worthiness. Wealthier subjects stole twice as much candy from babies.

Take Two 'Normal' People, Add Money To Just One Of Them, And Watch What Happens Next (VIDEO)
Brandon Weber

Science can explain a lot of things that I've always wondered about (go, science!). In this case, it explains what I've known for a long time but been unable to quite understand: Why do some folks who have a lot more money than others seem to be less nice and more evil to everyone around them?

At 0:50, someone actually takes candy from babies. No, really. At 3:00, we start to see the science unfold before our eyes. Entire management courses could — and should — be taught with the bit starting at 4:40.

See also:
Severe and unequal school discipline preceded the killing of innocent bystander Christopher Lane
Why the Wealthy Favor Harsh Punishment — for Criminals and Errant Schoolchildren
Higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior
PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
(Study from UC Berkeley and University of Toronto) Nov. 8, 2011

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