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Study reveals popular kids are more generous, but only when others are looking; with or without an audience, less-popular kids are more consistent.

"Well-liked people behaving one way in public and another in private is a phenomenon that begins as early as age six, according to a new joint study out of George Mason University, Lund University and the University of Copenhagen. In a paper titled Beware of Popular Kids Bearing Gifts, researchers investigate youngsters’ giving patterns and find that popular children are only more magnanimous than their less-popular peers when image is on the line. Away from the watchful eyes of their classmates, sharing takes a backseat to self-interest." -- Misty Harris, via the Montreal Gazette

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