Generosity can be induced by certain pills and eggs. A new study, has discovered that foods, like eggs or medication containing a substance called tryptophane can increase the levels of generosity in humans.
Researchers have discovered that tryptophane, an aminoacid found in certain foods, has a great influence on the human behavior. Several experiments have helped Dutch scientists, to discover that the administration of small doses of tryptophane, the equivalent of the tryptophane quantity contained by three eggs, has increased the generosity level in humans, leading to doubling of the amount of money they donated to charity.
Foods like eggs, fish and milk are rich in tryptophane , an amino acid which our body transforms in serotonine, a substance known to induce the state of well being and happiness. Tryptophane can also be found on its own, in pharmacies.
Researchers from the Leiden University from Holland, have explained their findings in a journal published in the magazine Frontiers in Psychology. Scientists have stated that they were curious to find out whether there are any compounds found in certain foods, that can stimulate humans to be more generous with charities donations.
This study, would be the first one ever, that aimed to prove that foods and pills associated with serotonine, can increase the charity donations.
The Dutch researchers, have conducted an experiment on 32 men and women. Half of them have received a powder containing 0,8 grams of tryptophane, and the other half received a placebo powder.
Each individual was given an amount of 7.5 pounds the equivalent of 11.25 $ and were asked if they wished to offer that money to charity or just give it away.
On the table, there had been placed four boxes from Unicef, GreenPeace, Amnesty International and World Wildlife Fund. When analyzing the results, scientists, realized that, the volunteers which received the tryptophane powder have donated an average of $1.15, while the ones who received the placebo, have donated only half of the amount.
So far, experts haven’t been able to completely understand how the substance is affecting our behavior, but they tend to believe that in the process it might be involved another compound called oxytocine, a hormone which induces feelings like “love”, and “attachment” and it is produced by women while they are breast feeding or when having intercourse.
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