Eye spots do not increase altruism in children ∗

  title={Eye spots do not increase altruism in children ∗},
  author={Sonja Vogt and Charles M. Efferson and Jo{\"e}l Berger and Ernst Fehr},
The evolutionary legacy hypothesis proposes that an evolved reciprocitybased psychology affects human behavior in anonymous one-shot interactions when reciprocity is not explicitly possible. Empirical support rests on experiments showing that altruism among adults increases in the presence of stylized eye spots or faces. Such stimuli do not affect material payoffs, but they are assumed to activate a person’s reciprocity-based psychology. We identify two versions of the evolutionary legacy… CONTINUE READING