This Genius Professor's Extra Credit Test Question Is Straight-Up Cruel

by Eitan Levine

This teacher is the Jigsaw of college professors.

A University of Maryland student posted a screenshot of a sick social experiment a college professor played on his entire class.

WHAT KIND OF PROFESSOR DOES THIS — shahanye (@shaunhin) July 1, 2015

Students were told they could select to receive either two or six extra points as a final grade paper on a paper.

This may seem like an obvious choice, but there is a catch:

If more than 10 [percent] of the class selects 6 points, then no one gets any points.

Will the individual act for the good of a group? Or do self-interest and greed trump a collective's goals?

Essentially, this is the college version of anything dealing with Walt's dad in “Lost.”

Sure, getting Walt back would have been great, but it always had little chance of working, and it constantly risked the lives of all the other survivors of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815.

The professor behind the college question is Dylan Selterman.

We know he is "that professor" because he tweeted this:

I am that professor. — Dylan Selterman (@SelterMosby) July 9, 2015

According to Seventeen, Selterman has done this test with his classes since 2008.

Only one class ever received the extra points.

Humans are terrible.

Citations: Professors Funny Extra Credit Psych Exam Question Goes Viral (Seventeen)