The Gilgamesh Effect: The ethical consequences of disconnection

Chris Macdonald


A number of recent experiments have revealed that the mere thought of human connection can increase ethical-decision making whereas the thought of human disconnection can decrease ethical decision-making. This paper provides an appropriate name for the phenomenon, reviews the evidence, and highlights its relevance.


Ethics, Psychology; Connection; Loneliness; Love; Human connection; Ethical decision-making; Social isolation; Priming; Individualism; Money;

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