Even as four-year-olds, poor people are more generous than their richer counterparts, an altruism experiment suggests.
Psychologists also found that teaching pre-school children to help those in need can lead them being healthier later in life,
reports telegraph.co.uk. Researchers from the University of California carried out an altruism experiment on 74 children (aged four). During the experiment, the children played games that would earn them tokens, which they could swap for prizes at the end.
At the end of the session, the children were told that they could donate some or all of their tokens to ill children who had been unable to take part in the experiment. The donations were made to look like they were secret, meaning the children were being genuinely altruistic by giving away tokens to benefit others, but without being able to show off about their generosity.
Children from less wealthy parents donated the most, suggesting…
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