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2014-06-27 11:47:44

Harvard University Research suggests voting may be key to cooperation with future generations Whatever the solutions to preserving our world's natural resources might be, it seems clear that answers won't come overnight. How, then, can we be sure the steps we take today won't jeopardize the fate of future generations? The answer, researchers say, may lie with one of cornerstones of modern society – democracy. Using a series of modified public goods "games," Professor of...

New Study Sheds Light On Animal Social Behavior
2014-03-06 15:04:31

University of Exeter A theoretical study led by the University of Exeter has shed new light on the conditions that lead to the evolution of spite or altruism in structured populations. Understanding the way in which social behaviors such as altruism – when animals benefit others at their own expense – develop is a long-standing problem that has generated thousands of articles and heated debates. Dr Florence Débarre of Biosciences at the University of Exeter led a study,...

2013-12-11 11:53:46

UMD psychologist, computer scientists use game theory to explain complex human behavior You're shopping for holiday gifts when you spot someone pocketing a nice pair of leather gloves. What do you do? A new study by University of Maryland researchers appearing this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B predicts that whether you alert a manager to the theft or decide to do nothing may depend on whether you're shopping in a local store where you know the owners or in a city far...

2013-11-27 23:02:22

DiscoverGiving Competes With Nine Programs at Stanford University on December 6, 2013 Seattle, Wash. (PRWEB) November 27, 2013 TisBest Philanthropy announced today the organization’s new philanthropy education program is a finalist in Stanford University’s Compassion and Technology contest. The DiscoverGiving program will be presented on stage during the Compassion and Technology Conference on December 6, 2013, competing with nine other technology programs that focus on compassion and...

Importance Of Climate Protection Misguided
2013-10-24 09:21:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Collective risks are hard for people to grasp. A good example of this is climate change. Despite annual climate summits, no specific measures have arisen, because people place greater value on immediate material rewards than on investing in future quality of life. To change this, cooperative behavior in climate protection needs to be more strongly associated with short-term incentives, like rewards or being held in high esteem. Would...

2013-10-01 23:21:22

New philanthropy education program helps students make a difference. Seattle, Wash. (PRWEB) October 01, 2013 TisBest Philanthropy today launches DiscoverGiving, a classroom philanthropy project for grade school students. The DiscoverGiving curriculum enables teachers to engage students in real-life generosity and altruism experiences. “DiscoverGiving is an opportunity to educate a new generation of philanthropists,” said TisBest founder Erik Marks. “TisBest Charity Gift Cards are...

2013-07-08 14:50:52

Altruism is most important, but financial compensation a convincing reason in some countries Egg donation is now one of the major reasons why couples travel abroad for fertility treatment. Because this growing trend may circumvent regulations at home or raise concerns about financial inducement, it has also become one of the most controversial. Yet little is known about the women who provide the donor eggs in overseas clinics - their characteristics, their motivation and their...

2013-05-29 09:31:00

Given the chance, women are more likely than men to opt out of a request to give a charitable donation, a group of economists have found. The issue of which gender is more generous has been debated for years. A new field experiment conducted by scholars at the University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley shows that when it´s easy to avoid making a donation, such as not responding to a door-to-door solicitor, women are less likely than men to give. The results of the...

Brain Training Could Make People More Compassionate
2013-05-23 09:53:58

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online People can actually become more compassionate and charitable with training, claim researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison´s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. Their report, which appears in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science, investigates whether or not training an adult to be more caring can result in an increase in altruistic behavior as well as in associated changes in the...

Virtual Superpowers May Encourage Altruism
2013-02-01 13:44:52

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For years, the debate over whether violent video games, films and television shows encourage aggressive behavior has raged in both the academic community as well as public discourse. Now a group of researchers has taken a slightly different angle and explored the effects of virtual superpowers on an individual´s behavior towards others. An interdisciplinary team of scientists at Stanford University made use of the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.