Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eliciting Social Discount Rates in Argentina

A little known research paradigm pioneered by Argentinean psychologists involves positioning a researcher in the driving seat of a van perched on a train track. The dependent variable is whether or not onlookers risk their life and limb to push the van out of the way of an oncoming train.

link here

Most people will have seen the BBC footage at this stage. I had linked before about the Boston case of a woman being rescued from a gruesome death by onlookers who stopped an incoming train. Today is clearly a more extreme case, with the hero pushing an occupied van out of the way of a train, and jumping out of the way to save himself with milliseconds to spare.

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