Gen­er­ous peo­ple ‘give from the heart’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

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.

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