Trends in the environment can shape behavior. As in the environment of people with high social status may have characteristics or behavioral resemblance to each other. Whereas in those environments with medium social status can also have similar behavior.
People who consider themselves upper class may not always have good manners. Group of upper-class people are more likely to engage in behavior that is less favorable than those with social status.
It is based on the results of a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Toronto through seven different experiments.
Person’s behavior may be related to one’s situation in life than the intrinsic quality of the person. The results of these studies demonstrate the behavior of inequality in society. Social status has a surprising effect on how a person’s view of the world outside and the neighborhood, “said researcher Paul PIFF, from Berkeley’s psychology department as reported by WebMD, Wednesday (02/29/2012).
In the first experiment, the researchers observed that people drive expensive cars are more likely to cut other motorists at intersections than people who drive vehicles. In the second experiment, people who drive conventional vehicles more priority to pedestrians than people who drive luxury vehicles.
In a second experiment, groups of people with high social status are allowed to take the candy in a jar, although the preferred candy for the children. Then the majority of the group of people with high social status took the candy.
“One of the strengths of this study is to examine behavior in real world settings and in the laboratory. Study highlights how the experience in the context of different social classes may have a strong impact on our everyday behavior and interaction with others,” said Nicole M . Stephens, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
“If you can get people to support the value of the lower classes, they are just as likely to behave unethically. If you can change beliefs about greed, you can change the behavior. In theory you can emphasize features reduce the negative effects of greed and unethical trend,” PIFF said.
“It’s very interesting when the same basic phenomenon is shown using different experimental methods. Ability to justify and ignore transgressive behavior as an exception to a person’s self concept of responsibility is the key to making unethical choices,” said Martin Ford, PhD, a psychologist and professor of education from George Mason University.