Neural Responses to Taxation and Voluntary Giving

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Neural Responses to Taxation and Voluntary Giving Reaction Paper Tuhin Chakraborty This writers of this paper took on the challenge of experimentally revealing to the reader some of the intricacies of decision-making regarding charitable donations, in the context of neural activity taking place in our brain. I enjoyed it because of connections I was able to make between it and my Economics class, and it fostered thought-provoking discussions between my classmates and me as we read through it. We started with the now familiar dictator game, hoping to experimentally differentiate pure altruism and warm-glow motives. The first thing that caught my eye about the results of the experiment were the graphs. The main trend – acceptance rates and satisfaction increased as loss to subject decreased and amount going to charity increased – was perfectly intuitive. However, upon closer examination of the individual data points, some interesting anomalies presented themselves. For example, if you look at one line on either of the graphs (i.e., the loss to subject is held constant), you would expect both acceptance rates and subjective satisfaction to increase as the amount going to
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course NEUROBIO 95 taught by Professor Platt during the Spring '08 term at Duke.

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