Social Classes and Their Influence on Social Behavior Essays

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Social Classes and Their Influence on Social Behavior
Jade Tennis
Indiana State University
30 November 2010
Psychology 101-004

Social Classes and Their Influence on Social Behavior

Our role in society plays a big part of who we are. More importantly how generous we are toward others in need. People of lower class have a tendency to be more dependent on other whereas people of upper class are more independent. Lower class people act more prosocial fashion due to an increased orientation of others needs. Some say that lower class people help others as a way of adapting to their hostile environments by being greater at prosocial behavior than upper class people. This research study aims to find out if lower class people act
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In the Second study researchers manipulated the social class to see if class really does make a difference, or if it’s just people themselves. First participants were asked how much of their annual income should go to charities. Then the researchers had each person think of were people in the United States ranked on a scale ladder of one to ten with ten being the highest rank in class. Next they had participants place themselves in the opposite class rank. Participants were given a set of instructions based on their level of class and asked to place themselves on the ladder relative to people on top or bottom. Now participants were asked what percent of their income should be used toward food, luxury items, recreation, clothing, gifts, bills, education, travel, and charitable donations. This part of the study shows that people of upper class rank themselves significantly above people of lower class on the ladder. It also show that when put into lower class the amount given toward charity also increased. When going from lower to upper class the amount given to charities decreased.
Next researchers evaluated prosocial trust behavior in classes with the trust game. In this game participants were given thirty points to start with, Participants were told that however many points they gave to their partner would be tripled. The partners could choose to give some of the points back or keep them. The game is

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