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Feeling a little selfish? Then blame the hot weather | Daily Mail Online

Feeling a little selfish? Then blame the hot weather: How the heat makes us feel frosty towards our fellow humans

  • As mercury rises, people become less sociable and less inclined to help
  • Hotter it is, more drastic drop in people prepared to offer their assistance

By Mail on Sunday Reporter

Published: 19:55 EDT, 10 June 2017 | Updated: 20:05 EDT, 10 June 2017

    Warm weather makes us feel distinctly frosty towards our fellow humans, according to new research. As the mercury rises, men and women become less sociable and less inclined to help others, scientists found. In fact, the hotter it is, the more drastic the drop in people prepared to offer their assistance.

    Warm weather makes us feel distinctly frosty towards our fellow humans, according to new research  In one experiment, a 5F rise in temperature led to a 50 per cent drop in willingness to help. One theory behind the research is that we have evolved to be more selfish in order to preserve our own energy resources during periods of excess heat.

    The research, published in the European Journal Of Psychology, involved several experiments to assess the affects of heat on human social behaviour. One involved subjects being told a non-profit organisation serving children and the underprivileged wanted help with a survey.  As the mercury rises, men and women become less sociable and less inclined to help others, scientists found  Half were located in a room where the temperature was 26.7F, and the others, where it was 20.6F. The subjects in the warmer room answered significantly fewer questions than those in the cooler room. Just 63.9 per cent of those in the hot room helped by answering at least one question, compared to 94.6 per cent in the cooler room.

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