Social status modulates prosocial behavior and egalitarianism in preschool children and adults.

@article{Guinote2015SocialSM,
  title={Social status modulates prosocial behavior and egalitarianism in preschool children and adults.},
  author={Ana Guinote and Ioanna Cotzia and Sanpreet Sandhu and Pramila Siwa},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2015},
  volume={112 3},
  pages={731-6}
}
Humans are a cooperative species, capable of altruism and the creation of shared norms that ensure fairness in society. However, individuals with different educational, cultural, economic, or ethnic backgrounds differ in their levels of social investment and endorsement of egalitarian values. We present four experiments showing that subtle cues to social status (i.e., prestige and reputation in the eyes of others) modulate prosocial orientation. The experiments found that individuals who… CONTINUE READING