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数学越好,人越自私?

香港城市大学王龙博士的研究将研究对象分为两组,第一组做数学题,第二组回答随机问题,结果前一组的研究对象在测试中为个人利益撒谎的概率是后一组的四倍。研究人员表示,计算的行为会释放人们对社交和道德的焦虑,导致更多利己甚至不道德的行为。而例如家庭照片的外界刺激则会让人更多思考社会价值,抵消上述的负面效应,

People Are More Selfish and Dishonest After Doing Math

Research participants who had spent 15 minutes solving math problems were 4 times more likely to lie for personal gain in an ethics game than those who had answered randomly selected verbal questions from a standardized test, says a team led by Long Wang of the City University of Hong Kong. The act of calculating appears to crowd out people’s social and moral concerns, resulting in behavior that is more self-interested and even immoral. Stimuli such as family photos that prompt thoughts about social values appear to diminish these negative effects, the researchers say.