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How Money Makes Us Behave (The Good and Bad)

Money can undermine our morals.  If you don’t believe me, look what happened to a group of four-through-six-year-olds who were brought in for a simple experiment. Researchers asked them to sort objects from a box. Half sorted coins, and half sorted buttons. Then they were asked to do one more thing–try to find their way through a difficult maze with no pencil marks crossing lines. Here is the maze. See how easily you can make your way through it:

Materials used as the persistence tests: the labyrinth puzzle from Experiment 1

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How do you think playing with money affected people’s persistence on this task?

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