Religious kids are no angels: Science suggests they’re more selfish — and sadistic


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Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 05:00 PM +0100

Religious kids are no angels: Science suggests they’re more selfish — and sadistic

An eye-opening new study finds children of faith are less likely to share, more likely to mete out punishment

Topics: Religion Dispatches, University of Chicago, Religion, Bible, Christianity, Life News

This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.

Religion Dispatches Are kids from more religious families more or less altruistic than their peers from less-religious families?

That’s what a high-profile new study from University of Chicago neuroscientist Jean Decety and a global crew of collaborators sought to determine. In the course of the study, published in the journal of Current Biology, the researchers use something called the “children’s dictator game,” a.k.a. stickerpalooza. Here’s how it worked:

Step one. Go to an elementary school. Find a child. Place a set of 30 stickers in…

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