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Monday, August 09, 2010

Paul Piff on All Things Considered : NPR

My friend Paul, a fellow social psychologist (at Berkeley), was recently on All Things Considered for his work on social status and charitable giving. In a nut shell, he found that the lower one perceived their status, the more charitable they would act. And this effect was mediated by feelings of compassion (i.e., the lower one's self-perceived social status, the more compassionate...). They also found that you can put yourself in a lower status frame of mind (by imagining someone higher in status than yourself) and you will act more charitably.

Check out this segment on NPR

Also see his work featured in The Economist


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