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Although the coin flip would seem to offer the best chance of riches, only 22 percent of college students chose that option. More than half (54 percent) decided to trust a stranger to share fairly – even though they thought on average they would get money back only 37 percent of the time – whereas 24 percent kept the $5 for themselves.

Said Cornell’s David Dunning: “Trust is crucial not just for established relationships. It’s also especially vital between strangers with no responsibility toward each other outside of a single, transitory interaction.”

by H. Roger Segelken - Cornell University

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