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Pleasure Derived from Giving Lasts much Longer than the Joy Associated with Getting, Study Finds

December 23, 2018

With winter holidays right around the corner, those who engage in the exchange of gifts might experience a…
Is your toddler a helper? This new research may explain why

September 26, 2018

New research from the University of Virginia finds altruistic behavior in toddlerhood is first predicted in 7-month-old infants.…
Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats

June 29, 2017

It’s a classic conundrum: while rushing to get to an important meeting or appointment on time, you spot…
Researchers discover altruism is favoured by chance

July 21, 2016

An international team of researchers, publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that…
The willingness to help can be measured

April 8, 2016

Irrespective of whether we offer someone a cookie, give up a seat to a pensioner, or receive refugees…
Your brain might be hard-wired for altruism

March 19, 2016

It’s an age-old quandary: Are we born “noble savages” whose best intentions are corrupted by civilization, as the…
On first instinct, women are more altruistic than men

February 26, 2016

Women are intuitively more altruistic than men, even women who identify with traditionally masculine traits such as power,…
Study of altruism during the Ebola outbreak suggests good intentions are in the details

January 15, 2016

A study of risk communication as it relates to altruistic behavior has found that portraying an event as…
Conflict among honey bee genes supports theory of altruism

January 12, 2016

Using modern genetic approaches, a team of researchers has provided strong support for the long-standing, but hotly debated,…
Brain Scans Explain Quickness to Blame

December 5, 2015

New research from Duke University helps explain the paradox of why we are quick to blame people for…
Computational Model Suggests Even Altruistic Behaviour is Based on Predictions of Personal Gain

August 4, 2015

Love, compassion, sacrifice, generosity, kindness – these are all things people value for their alleged directedness towards the…
Does behavioral economics show people are altruistic or just confused?

January 19, 2015

Behavioral economists have revolutionized the standard view of human nature. No longer are people presumed to be purely…
Economic games don’t show altruism

January 19, 2015

Economic ‘games‘ routinely used in the lab to probe people’s preferences and thoughts find that humans are uniquely altruistic,…
Brain structure of kidney donors may make them more altruistic

September 16, 2014

People who donate kidneys to strangers have significantly different brain structures than those who don’t. That’s the finding…
How to ask for a favor?

May 17, 2014

Random Acts of Pizza is an online crowdfunding community. It´s members can donate pizza for those who appeal…
Rethinking the roots of altruism

January 14, 2014

For decades, researchers working to understand how altruistic behavior evolved have relied on a concept known as inclusive…
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