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2011-12-05 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With every purchase, LivingSocial members will be giving an extra gift to charity this year through LivingSocial's third annual 12 Days of Giving program. Starting today and extending through December 16th, LivingSocial will donate one percent of the proceeds from every daily deal purchased in the U.S. to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Additionally, LivingSocial will donate one percent of proceeds from daily deals in select...

2011-11-09 16:11:25

In the fight for survival, plants are capable of complex social behaviours and may exhibit altruism towards family members, but aggressively compete with strangers. A growing body of work suggests plants recognize and respond to the presence and identity of their neighbours. But can plants cooperate with their relatives? While some studies have shown that siblings perform best -- suggesting altruism towards relatives -- other studies have shown that when less related plants grow together...

2011-10-11 05:52:50

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A recent study shows implications for nurturing human egalitarianism and cooperating, based on the first evidence that a basic sense of fairness and altruism appears in infancy.  Babies as young as 15 months perceived the difference between equal and unequal distribution of food, and their awareness of equal rations was linked to their willingness to share a toy. "Our findings show that these norms of fairness and altruism are more rapidly acquired than we...

Even Babies Understand Concept Of Sharing
2011-10-10 11:24:16

A new study has found the first evidence that children have a sense of fairness as early as 15-months-old. Researchers performed an experiment with 47 15-month-old babies who sat on his or her parent's lap and watched two videos of someone acting out a sharing task. One video showed someone holding a bowl of crackers, distributing them out between two others.  The other video had the same plot, but the experimenters used a pitcher of milk instead of crackers. The researchers...

Volunteering Could Lead To Better Health
2011-09-07 08:05:54

  Reduced mortality risk not seen in people motivated by self-centered reasons People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves, suggests new research published by the American Psychological Association. This was the first time research has shown volunteers' motives can have a significant impact on life span. Volunteers lived longer than people who didn't volunteer if they reported...

2011-05-04 12:44:59

Using simple robots to simulate genetic evolution over hundreds of generations, Swiss scientists provide quantitative proof of kin selection and shed light on one of the most enduring puzzles in biology: Why do most social animals, including humans, go out of their way to help each other? In next week's issue of the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, EPFL robotics professor Dario Floreano teams up with University of Lausanne biologist Laurent Keller to weigh in on the oft-debated...

2011-03-31 00:00:27

The 4th R Foundation, a non-profit education research foundation is pleased to announce a totally new subject, just like math and science, that teaches wisdom; which is super mature emotional intelligence. This subject enables individuals, groups and countries to become wise. It enables anyone to become one's pure self. New York, NY (PRWEB) March 30, 2011 The 4th R Foundation, a non-profit education research foundation is pleased to announce a totally new subject, just like math and...

2011-03-14 07:15:00

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LivingSocial, the online source for people to find handpicked experiences at a great value, is working with GlobalGiving to aid relief efforts in Japan. Launched over the weekend, LivingSocial's website and daily emails feature a link for members to donate via GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving is helping trusted organizations like International Medical Corps, Save the Children and others on the ground providing immediate support to people in need....

2011-03-09 16:25:42

A polite act shows respect. But a new study of a common etiquette"”holding a door for someone"”suggests that courtesy may have a more practical, though unconscious, shared motivation: to reduce the work for those involved. The research, by Joseph P. Santamaria and David A. Rosenbaum of Pennsylvania State University, is the first to combine two fields of study ordinarily considered unrelated: altruism and motor control. It is to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological...

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2010-11-17 10:21:28

NSF-supported researchers use digital evolution techniques to examine theories about the evolution of altruism One of the major questions in evolutionary biology is how altruism, or the act of helping another individual at your own expense, evolved. At first glance, "survival of the fittest" may seem to be best achieved by selfish individuals. However, altruistic behavior occurs in many species, and if it were not adaptive, we would expect it to disappear through the process of natural...