bmacwilliam Posted May 12, 2008 Share Posted May 12, 2008 Bolded text emphasized by me.Tongue in cheek with this - sort of. At least I know Wolf's gonna like this one!"1: Science. 2007 Jun 15;316(5831):1622-5. LinksNeural responses to taxation and voluntary giving reveal motives for charitable donations.Harbaugh WT, Mayr U, Burghart DR.Department of Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1285, USA. firstname.lastname@example.orgCivil societies function because people pay taxes and make charitable contributions to provide public goods. One possible motive for charitable contributions, called "pure altruism," is satisfied by increases in the public good no matter the source or intent. Another possible motive, "warm glow," is only fulfilled by an individual's own voluntary donations. Consistent with pure altruism, we find that even mandatory, tax-like transfers to a charity elicit neural activity in areas linked to reward processing. Moreover, neural responses to the charity's financial gains predict voluntary giving. However, consistent with warm glow, neural activity further increases when people make transfers voluntarily. Both pure altruism and warm-glow motives appear to determine the hedonic consequences of financial transfers to the public good." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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