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An experiment on individual 'parochial altruism' revealing no connection between individual 'altruism' and individual 'parochialism'

Corr, P. J., Hargreaves Heap, S., Seger, C. R. and Tsutsui, K. (2015). An experiment on individual 'parochial altruism' revealing no connection between individual 'altruism' and individual 'parochialism'. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1261.. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01261

Abstract

Is parochial altruism an attribute of individual behavior? This is the question we address with an experiment. We examine whether the individual pro-sociality that is revealed in the public goods and trust games when interacting with fellow group members helps predict individual parochialism, as measured by the in-group bias (i.e., the difference in these games in pro-sociality when interacting with own group members as compared with members of another group). We find that it is not. An examination of the Big-5 personality predictors of each behavior reinforces this result: they are different. In short, knowing how pro-social individuals are with respect to fellow group members does not help predict their parochialism.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: parochial altruism, in-group bias, pro-sociality, personality
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15873
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