Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?
Paul Piff - Social psychologist
Paul Piff studies how social hierarchy, inequality and emotion shape relations between individuals and groups. Full bio
cameras what happened.
these were hidden cameras.
Poor Player: Yeah.
positioned off to the side.
participants' consummatory behavior.
many pretzels participants eat.
to run out of money soon.
their experience during the game.
the last seven years have been doing
of this ideology self-interest,
care about those implications,
the stranger will never meet them.
much candy participants took.
who's waiting to cross.
likely to lie in negotiations,
of other people around you.
five percent of the population
total wealth in this country.
of a select group of individuals,
to prioritize your own interests
if things just stayed the same,
signs of change in society.
what's most striking to me,
About the speaker:Paul Piff - Social psychologist
Paul Piff studies how social hierarchy, inequality and emotion shape relations between individuals and groups.
Why you should listen
Paul Piff is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. In particular, he studies how wealth (having it or not having it) can affect interpersonal relationships.
His surprising studies include running rigged games of Monopoly, tracking how those who drive expensive cars behave versus those driving less expensive vehicles and even determining that rich people are literally more likely to take candy from children than the less well-off. The results often don't paint a pretty picture about the motivating forces of wealth. He writes, "specifically, I have been finding that increased wealth and status in society lead to increased self-focus and, in turn, decreased compassion, altruism, and ethical behavior."
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