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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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