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Upper-class People More Likely to Take Candy From Babies [research study]

Entitlements inspire this study of adults taking candy from babies:

Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior,” Paul K. Piff, Daniel M. Stancato, Stéphane Côté, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, and Dacher Keltner, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 109, no. 11, 2012, pp. 4086-4091. The authors, at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Toronto, and other institutions, report:

“at the end of the study, the experimenter presented participants with a jar of individually wrapped candies, ostensibly for children in a nearby laboratory, but informed them that they could take some if they wanted. This task was adapted from prior research on entitlement and served as our measure of unethical behavior because taking candy would reduce the amount that would otherwise be given to children…. Central to our hypothesis, participants in the upper-class rank condition took more candy that would otherwise go to children than did those in the lower-rank condition.”

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