On the latest episode of the Terry Project on CiTR–we look at four experiments about Christmas and human kindness. What impact can a Christmas tree have on us subconsciously? Just by being in the room? Are humans more likely to pass on generosity or spite? What’s the evolutionary rationale for generosity? And how is generosity connected to happiness?
Part One: The Christmas Tree Experiment
Psychologist Stephen Wright describes his experiment on Christmas Trees and group identity. It inspired angry letters and condemnation by some media outlets. Find out why he thinks public institutions need to think carefully before they decorate.
Part Two: Paying It Forward
Part Three: Generosity and Happiness