Reconciling pro-social versus selfish behavior: Evidence for the role of self-control
We test the proposition that individuals may experience a self-control conflict between short-term temptation to be selfish and better judgment to act pro-socially. Using a dictator game and a public goods game, we manipulated the likelihood that individuals identified self-control conflict, and we measured their trait ability to implement self-control strategies. Consistent with our hypothesis, we find that trait self-control exhibits a positive and significant correlation with pro-social behavior in the treatment that raises likelihood of conflict identification, but not in the treatment that reduces likelihood of conflict identification.
|Date of creation:||19 May 2010|
|Date of revision:||09 Jul 2010|
|Publication status:||Published in Judgment and Decision Making 7(3): 304-315.|
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