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Saturday, November 18, 2006

It Takes A Prof: Money Changes People

Thank God for university professors and research grants; how else would we know that the love of money is the root of, if not evil, then very bad behavior?

LAT reports:
A team of psychologists has discovered why money can't buy happiness.

Pictures of dollar bills, fantasies of wealth and even wads of Monopoly money arouse feelings of self-sufficiency that result in selfish and often antisocial behavior, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science.
The study's results are amazing, if not surprising. Students who played Monopoly and were asked to think about life with unlimited money picked up fewer of another student's spilled pencils than students who hadn't fantasized about wealth.

Students who saw a money-themed screen saver wanted more space between them and their neighbors than students who saw swimming fish on their screen savers.

Each new generation hurls itself against the ancient truths, but despite their opposition, and with or without scientific studies to verify them, the truths stand firm.