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Nicolas Jubera FSCS-101 Professor Fuentes Due date: 11/12/12 Science in the news #2 People tend to cooperate with one another, but no one has looked to whether cooperativeness is an intuitive choice, or it’s something reasonable. The article “Mulling Over a Decision Makes People More Selfish” by Helen Fields, shows how a recent study by David Rand and colleagues, a Harvard University behavioral scientist, suggests that cooperativeness may depend on how quick someone is in responding to a proposition. The study, made in Harvard University, Boston, MA, was trying to find out why people cooperate and in which situations they are more likely to do it. Rand and his colleagues used Amazon Mechanical Turk, a web site in which easy jobs, such as tagging people on Facebook, are made by people for a small amount of money, which is a great way to measure people cooperativeness. Several experiments in which people had to
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Unformatted text preview: contribute with other people with small amounts of money were made and the researchers found out that fast people are more likely to contribute than those who need more time to deliberate. Rand and his colleagues conclude that when people tend to think, they usually try to take advantage from the others, so fast people use to contribute more often. It’s not that surprising the fact that people are more likely to cooperate when they don’t think about it too much. On the last few decades our society has developed a selfish personality, in which the most important thing is money. The more you let people think, the more they will do to get more money for themselves and give less for the others. Link: ...
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  • Fall '12
  • Fuentes
  • Psychology, A Great Way to Care, Social information processing, The Turk, David Rand

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