Study - You Love To Pay Taxes

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    Did our tax dollars pay for this crap?


    Paying taxes feels good, say researchers.

    The surprising discovery, based on brain scans, can also predict which people are most likely to donate cash to charity.

    Bill Harbaugh at the University of Oregon in Eugene, US, and colleagues gave 19 female university students $100, and told them some of this money would have to go towards taxes.

    Each volunteer then read a series of 60 separate taxation scenarios involving $0 to $45 in taxes, knowing that one of the scenarios would be selected at random and the related amount be subtracted from their $100.

    Secret pleasure
    As the participants viewed the tax scenarios, their brains were scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Surprisingly, whenever the students read the taxation scenarios, scientists saw a spike in activity within two of the brain's reward centres – the nucleus accumbens and caudate nucleus.

    Harbaugh says that people probably like paying taxes more than they admit. He believes the results of his new study help explain the widespread compliance with tax laws. "We like to complain about it, but based on what we do, we are not as opposed to it as we like to say," Harbaugh says.

    Economist Robert Frank of Cornell University comments that tax-paying might stimulate positive feelings in the brain because the process helps equalise the burden of helping others.

    Harbaugh then repeated the experiment, but instead of the money being given in taxation, the scenarios related to charity donations, and the participants could choose to give their money.

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    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12068-paying-taxes-is-a-pleasurable-duty.html
     
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    Maybe they should do the same study with subjects that have to EARN that money and,oh, by the way, pay other bills with it as well. Talk about rigging the experiment to get skewed results!
     
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    To the left, research is not intended to discover new facts - but to comfirm what they already believe
     
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    The above is no way related to "research". It is a contrived scenario that is rigged to support the desired outcome.
     
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    When it comes to paying ever increasing taxes, the left has to find a way to convince the rest of us it is the right thing to do
     
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    BTW CSM, it was a joke I was making - much like this "study"
     

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