More to morality than mutualism: Consistent contributors exist and they can inspire costly generosity in others

Michael J. Gill, Dominic J. Packer, Jay Van Bavel

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Abstract

Studies of economic decision-making have revealed the existence of consistent contributors, who always make contributions to the collective good. It is difficult to understand such behavior in terms of mutualistic motives. Furthermore, consistent contributors can elicit apparently altruistic behavior from others. Therefore, although mutualistic motives are likely an important contributor to moral action, there is more to morality than mutualism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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