Selfless giving

Daniel M. Bartels, Trevor Kvaran, Shaun Nichols

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21 Scopus citations


In four studies, we show that people who anticipate more personal change over time give more to others. We measure and manipulate participants' beliefs in the persistence of the defining psychological features of a person (e.g., his or her beliefs, values, and life goals) and measure generosity, finding support for the hypothesis in three studies using incentive-compatible charitable donation decisions and one involving hypothetical choices about sharing with loved ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-403
Number of pages12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Altruism
  • Decision making
  • Intertemporal Choice
  • Morality
  • Personal identity
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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