Understand the difference between a true altruist versus an accidental altruist to maximize niceness from others


  • Monkeys are nicer (i.e. show reciprocity) when they perceive your actions as true altruism. 40% displaced reciprocity versus 7% when they were not the recipient of [true] altruism
  • When Monkey B sees his marshmallow as a mere byproduct of Monkey A’s self-interest (i.e. accidental altruism) Monkey B reciprocates only 3% of the time. That’s even less than if Monkey A hadn’t given him a marshmallow at all


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  • over 3 years ago by vince