Testing the ultimatum paradigm in a naturalistic setting: does it replicate? Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Irvin, R. Brandon
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Most samples of the Ultimatum game have been from college student populations. In Study 1 we replicated the Ultimatum game with two different populations: Male college students at a fraternity house and poor males at community kitchen. The results from the college students were similar to those that have been published in other similar studies. The results from the Community Kitchen were slightly different with these participants tending to make higher offers showing more altruism. In Study 2 we recruited similar college and poor samples but used a variation on the Ultimatum called the Dictator game and asked additional questions to illuminate the men’s motivation for making altruistic offers in this economic situation. Again, the results from the college students were similar to previous reports using the Dictator game and the homeless population was more generous than expected. Implications for evolutionary hypotheses about human altruism are discussed.
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