(Telegraph) Poor children more generous than their rich counterparts, study finds
An altruism experiment found that four-year-olds from less well-off families donated more of their prize than their wealthy peers
Even as four-year-olds, poor people are more generous than their richer counterparts, an altruism experiment suggests.
Psychologists also found that teaching pre-school children to help those in need can lead to them being healthier later in life.
Researchers from the University of California carried out an altruism experiment on 74 children aged four.
During the experiment, the children played games that would earn them tokens which they could swap for prizes at the end.
At the end of the session, the children were told that they could donate some or all of their tokens to ill children who had been unable to take part in the experiment.
The donations were made to look like they were secret, meaning the children were being genuinely altruistic by giving away tokens to benefit others but without be able to show off about their generosity.
Children from less wealthy parents donated the most, suggesting they were more altruistic than their better off peers.