Generous people ‘give from the heart’
GENEROUS people really do give from the heart, research suggests.
They are better able to detect their own heartbeats than more selfish individuals, a study has shown.
And it could be that listening to their hearts prompts them to make charitable decisions, scientists believe.
Psychologists made the discovery after asking volunteers to take part in a computer-based game that involved choosing whether or not to share money with a stranger.
The sensitivity of participants to their own body states was tested by playing them sounds that were either in or out of time with their heartbeats.
Greater generosity was found to coincide with a better ability to judge whether or not the sounds and heartbeats were synchronised.