Monday, August 20, 2007

What Makes Us Care

George Loewenstein tries to find out why sometimes knowing more about a particular tragedy makes us less likely to help. Sympathy works in mysterious, non-rational ways.

2 comments:

Martijn said...

There seems to be a bit of bystander effect in there.

Joris said...

absolutely. and altruism is quite sensetive to being observed. but I don't think this can explain why adding statistical information decreases the amount given.