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Physical Attractiveness and Altruism in Two Modified Dictator Games

BHOGAL, Manpal Singh and Galbraith, N and Manktelow, K (2016) Physical Attractiveness and Altruism in Two Modified Dictator Games. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 38 (4). pp. 212-222.

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Several studies find that male individuals are more altruistic toward attractive women, suggesting altruism may serve as a courtship display. Many studies exploring this phenomenon have used vignettes and facial images. We tested the sexual selection hypothesis as an explanation for altruistic behavior, where players played the dictator game with “live” participants. Two studies were conducted (Study 1, n = 212; Study 2, n = 188) where we manipulated stakes and anonymity between participants to explore the relationship between the dictator’s allocations and their perceived attractiveness of the recipient. We found no relationship between attractiveness and altruism. Dictators were consistently fair when allocating stakes, irrespective of the recipients’ attractiveness

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2017 13:55
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2017 13:55
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3902

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