Inequity is a major social problem, impacting humans from the individual to the global level. Therefore, an increased understanding of what causes feelings of inequity and how to ameliorate them is essential. Humans are not alone in this; other species, too, respond negatively to unequal outcomes as compared to a social partner, and studying these species’ reactions can tell us something about the evolution of our own behavior.
Sarah F. Brosnan is Assistant Professor of Psychology & Philosophy at Georgia State University.
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