Author

Adam Sparks

Date of Award

8-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Supervisor

Martin Daly

Language

English

Abstract

Several recent studies have reported elevated levels of prosocial behaviour by participants experimentally exposed to images of eyes compared to those exposed to control images. I report the results of three economic games experiments in which participants exposed to images of eyes were no more generous, and in one case were significantly less generous, than those exposed to images of landscapes. I discuss the possible contributions to these results of subtle aspects of experimental stimuli and game structure, the relationship between participant and partner, methods of participant recruiting, and personality characteristics of participants.

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