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Comment author: Ben_West  (EA Profile) 18 October 2017 01:59:12PM 1 point [-]

Do you know how they measured altruism? It seems like maybe they are using "altruism" as a synonym for the "relationships" questionnaire?

Comment author: Milan_Griffes 18 October 2017 10:18:54PM 1 point [-]

Update: I checked with the study author and he confirmed that "relationships" on p. 5 is the same as "social effects" in Table 5.

Comment author: Ben_West  (EA Profile) 19 October 2017 10:39:02PM 3 points [-]

Thanks Milan! Do you know more about how they defined "relationships" ("altruism")? Given that they think "relationships" and "altruism" are synonymous, it seems possible that the definition they use may not correspond to what people on this forum would call "altruism".

Comment author: Milan_Griffes 23 October 2017 04:04:53PM 1 point [-]

I don't. I asked the author to share the survey instrument; he hasn't gotten back to me yet.

Comment author: Milan_Griffes 18 October 2017 02:33:38PM *  0 points [-]

I think the "altruism" measure is an aggregate of some of the "persisting effects questionnaire" questions. (p. 5)

Not sure if it maps directly to the relationships portion of that questionnaire, but I bet it does (all of the other categories on p. 5 cleanly map to results in Table 5, so by elimination "relationships" = "altruistic / positive social effects" )