Perception of eyes and prosocial behavior

Students are introduced to a behavioral experiment that explores the effects of images of eyes on human social behavior in a real world shared resource situation.

Students predict the outcomes of the experiment, reflect on people’s motivations to behave in certain ways with the help of a payoff matrix, and explain observed results by integrating a variety of causes.

The intervention in this experiment is an example of so-called nudges – ways to change the environment to induce humans to behave in a way that is better for them and society. Students discuss the ethics and effectiveness of such an intervention.

Author: Susan Hanisch

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