Did we really need a study to prove this?
What is most interesting and worthy of a second look is how permeable the roles are. When poor people (in real life) were made to feel wealthy, they showed aggressive, self-serving and entitled behaviors. And when affluent people (in real life) were made to feel poor, they showed more qualities that denoted generosity and compassion.
“No matter how you look at it, the effects of inequality are pernicious,” said Dacher Keltner, Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center.
PBS NewsHour looks deeper into the ramifications and practical application of insight garnered from this study with additional interview material here.