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Unformatted text preview: ss on altruism will increase our understanding of altruistic
behavior as well as our understanding of the relationships between ultimate and proximate causes of behavior.
The present study has some limitations. For instance, the sample of
29 participants was relatively small. However, ﬁve willingness-to-actaltruistically scores were computed for each participant, resulting in
145 observations upon which analyses were conducted. Furthermore,
the study had sufﬁcient power to ﬁnd statistically reliable effects. This
study is also limited, as most studies in this literature are (e.g., Burnstein et al., 1994; Korchmaros, 1999; Ma, 1985a, 1985b, 1989, 1992;
O’Neill & Petrinovich, 1998; Petrinovich et al., 1993), because it used
hypothetical dilemmas and a repeated measures design. Thus, it is uncertain whether individuals’ reported “willingness to act altruistically”
is a valid prediction of their altruistic behavior. Obviously, ethical
standards preclude exposing individuals to life-or-death situations or
even staging artiﬁcial life...
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- Fall '13