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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...

Disasters Can Cause Older Children To Be More Giving And Younger Children To Be More Selfish
2013-01-30 11:08:33

University of Chicago A natural disaster can bring out the best in older children, prompting 9-year-olds to be more willing to share, while 6-year-olds become more selfish. Researchers at the University of Toronto, the University of Chicago, and Liaoning Normal University made this finding in a rare natural experiment in China around the time of a horrific earthquake. A crucial difference between the two age groups emerged one month after the disaster. The 6-year-olds´ willingness...

Altruism Probably Arose From Selfishness Say Researchers
2013-01-24 08:27:55

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to a new study in the latest edition of the journal Evolution, one of humanity´s noblest virtues may ironically have its origins in one of our most vile impulses. The quest for the origin of altruism and self-sacrifice in human societies has long captivated the imagination of social scientists and anthropologists. Now, a team of researchers from Princeton University and the University of Arizona has suggested...

The More Altruistic You Are, The More Gray Matter You Have
2012-07-11 20:45:39

The volume of a small brain region influences one's predisposition for altruistic behavior. Researchers from the University of Zurich show that people who behave more altruistically than others have more gray matter at the junction between the parietal and temporal lobe, thus showing for the first time that there is a connection between brain anatomy, brain activity and altruistic behavior. Why are some people very selfish and others very altruistic? Previous studies indicated that social...

2012-07-11 13:22:20

What can explain extreme differences in altruism among individuals, from Ebenezer Scrooge to Mother Teresa? It may all come down to variation in the size and activity of a brain region involved in appreciating others' perspectives, according to a study published by Cell Press in the July 12th issue of the journal Neuron. The findings also provide a neural explanation for why altruistic tendencies remain stable over time. "This is the first study to link both brain anatomy and brain...

2012-04-30 19:39:28

UC Berkeley study finds atheists, agnostics and less religious people are more driven by compassion to be generous "Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people. In three experiments, social scientists found that compassion consistently drove less religious people to be more...

2012-04-30 15:47:53

Creatures should help each other in different ways in tight times versus times of plenty Not all acts of altruism are alike, says a new study. From bees and wasps that die defending their nests, to elephants that cooperate to care for young, a new mathematical model pinpoints the environmental conditions that favor one form of altruism over another. The model predicts that creatures will help each other in different ways depending on whether key resources such as food and habitat are...

2012-04-10 09:01:48

The part of the brain we use when engaging in egalitarian behavior may also be linked to a larger sense of morality, researchers have found. Their conclusions, which offer scientific support for Adam Smith's theories of morality, are based on experimental research published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, coming seven months after the start of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, which has been aimed at addressing income inequality, was...


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