Reply to Skoyles : Misplaced assumptions of perfect human prosociality

@inproceedings{Carter2011ReplyTS,
  title={Reply to Skoyles : Misplaced assumptions of perfect human prosociality},
  author={Julia D. Carter and Malini Suchak and M. de Waal},
  year={2011}
}
In his letter (1), the author argues against prosocial tendencies in chimpanzees because the chimpanzees in our study (2) failed to select the prosocial option all of the time. Instead, he suggests that they show evidence for “mean-spirited” motivations, because any deviation from a perfectly prosocial score must indicate purposeful withholding of benefits for the partner. However, behavioral studies are not conducted in a vacuum, informed by hypothetical analogies. Our study involved real… CONTINUE READING