Tuesday, March 5, 2013

To Accept or Not To Accept?

The Thinker
I saw this article on my twitter feed amidst about 10 tweets about the baby girl who was cured of HIV this past Sunday. So, since I'm pretty sure that most of you have already heard of the news about the baby girl, my congratulations to the doctors, the baby and her family, by the way, I decided to choose this particular article.

The title of this article is Monkeys Stay Away from Meanies. The article is about a study done on Capuchin monkeys where they showed the Capuchin monkeys different scenarios of people helping other people open a jar. Later, these people offered food to the monkeys. It turns out that the monkeys showed no preference to the people who helped open jars or were trying to open their own jars. The monkeys accepted food from either person. However, if person A refused to help person B open their jar, then the monkey tended to take food from person B when they offered food.

"The animals showed no bias against people who
 failed to help because they were busy opening their own jar. But they tended to avoid people who were available to help but did not do so.

The reason for this is that:

" “Explicit refusal to help is a signal that you’re dangerous, that you’re negative,” says Kiley Hamlin, a developmental psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada."

Listen to your mom, and don't accept things from strangers. :-)


Chia-In Jane Lin said...

I have no idea why there the quotations are in white and I have tried to change that, but it won't change. So, sorry if it looks weird.

John Latto said...

Well, since you asked, if you use cut and paste in Blogger it cuts and pastes any html code along with the text. This is usually not what you want.

You can either paste the text only (ctrl-shift-v) or if you have pasted formatted text you can use the second button from the right (looks like Tx) which removes formatting.