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Batson studies: explore alternatives for why some individuals are more altruistic than othersAre some individuals more altruistic than others? Empathy: ability to put yourself in the shoes of othersToi & Batson (1983): Do people help Lauren after an accident?There is high-empathy and low-empathy (cost/ benefit) people High-empathy people help Lauren regardless of same condition. Low-empathy people helps Lauren when she is in their section; if not, they will not helpEmpathy – specific reward: feel good if you help. Batson et al. (1988): Will participants do a task that will confederate from being shocked? Possibility that confederate might be switched to a non-shock conditionHigh empathy people: happy to help even if the person changed to non-shock conditionLow empathy people: only happy to help in shock-conditionEmpathy – specific punishment: look to others for behavior cuesWill participants help a confederate sign cards, sign a sheet, etc.?
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