Motivation and Emotion. The S ad Tale of the Aspiration Treadmill Daniel Kahneman , www.edge.org, 2008 By George, Edgar, and Robbie. Are YOU Happy?. Generally accepted hypothesis. - Hedonic Adaptation Hedonic Treadmill. The “ Easterlin Paradox”. What is it?
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The Sad Tale of the Aspiration Treadmill
Daniel Kahneman, www.edge.org, 2008
George, Edgar, and Robbie
- Hedonic Adaptation
- Life satisfaction stays the same
- Standard of living goes up.
- Not hedonic
- Experienced Happiness > Life Satisfaction
- The Nobel Laureate was dead wrong….
Rich vs. Poor
- Hedonic Treadmill
- “Easterlin Paradox”
- Aspiration Treadmill
- Other ways to test Aspiration Treadmill
- Does a person’s personality change based on life satisfaction or aspirations
a. aspiration treadmill b. Your treadmill
c. hedonic treadmill d. “Easterlin Paradox”
3. The aspiration treadmill hypothesis is based upon the idea that happier people have higher expectations. True/False
4. Which factor(s) were tested in Kahneman’s study?
a. marital status b. financial well-being
c. education d. all of the above
a. money isn’t hedonic
b. there are some things money can’t buy (but for everything else there’s master card, accepted anywhere people are happy
c. In order to make more money most people have to work more
6. Life satisfaction causes happiness. True/False
Answers: 1,c. 2,false. 3,true. 4,d. 5,c. 6,false.