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roots of human altruism
2014-08-29 03:00:23

Judith Burkart, University of Zurich Apes hardly ever act selflessly without being solicited by others; humans often do. What has caused this curious divergence, which is arguably the secret to our species’ unparalleled success? A team headed by an anthropologist from the University of Zurich now reveals that cooperative care for the young was the evolutionary precondition for the emergence of spontaneous altruistic behavior. Scientists have long been searching for the factor that...

2014-06-30 11:42:11

University at Buffalo Researchers suggest this may lead to pro-social behavior in the real world New evidence suggests heinous behavior played out in a virtual environment can lead to players’ increased sensitivity toward the moral codes they violated. That is the surprising finding of a study led by Matthew Grizzard, PhD, assistant professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Communication, and co-authored by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of...

2014-04-30 12:30:26

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alen J. Salerian MD, President of Doctors for Equal Rights for Mental and Physical Pain, will host a press conference today to discuss constitutional violations that have caused immense pain. "I will present our three-year agony by gross violations of my constitutional rights that left me destitute, bankrupt, financially dependent on friends and family. We have endured psychological torture unimaginable to occur in a civilized...

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,...

In Moral Behavior, 'Virtual' Reality Is Something Else Altogether
2014-01-16 10:06:27

International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) The brakes of your car fail suddenly and on your path are five people who will certainly be hit and killed. You can steer, but if you do another pedestrian will find himself on your course. Just one. What do you do: do you take action and kill one person or do you do nothing and cause five people to die? This is an example of a "moral dilemma", the type of problem cognitive psychologists use for studying the cerebral foundations of moral...

2013-12-20 10:20:48

Findings cross religious and political Lines, psychologists at Boston College and Boston University report Suicide is a major public health issue; it takes the lives of more than a million people each year. It is also widely believed to be immoral. Why do people so commonly believe it is wrong for people to take their own lives? According to a study by researchers at Boston College and Boston University, people – even non-religious people – make this moral judgment because they believe...

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...

Morality And Self-Control Are Easier In The Morning
2013-10-31 04:31:57

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Is there benefit to finalizing big business decisions or administering quizzes and tests in the morning? A new study conducted by Maryam Kouchaki of Harvard University and Isaac Smith of the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business suggests you will have more honest interactions in the morning hours. As the researchers explain, our ability to exhibit self-control to avoid cheating and lying is eroded significantly as...

2013-06-11 23:18:34

Acclaimed Professors from Stanford, Princeton & Harvard Share Insights About How Evolution Affects Our Reasoning SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2013 Three of the world´s preeminent neuroscientists will be featured in a thought-provoking program segment entitled “The Biology and Psychology of Ethical Behavior” at the Being Human 2013 event to be held in San Francisco´s newly restored Nourse Theater on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The second annual Being Human...

2013-06-06 23:21:32

What power, if any, does laziness hold? Steve Bookbinder, CEO & co-founder of Digital Media Training, addresses this question and more in the release, Leverage Your Laziness: How to do what you love, ALL THE TIME! New York, NY (PRWEB) June 06, 2013 Is being lazy synonymous with being unsuccessful? What power, if any, does laziness hold? To address these questions and more, Steve Bookbinder, CEO & co-founder of Digital Media Training, has announced the release of the book, Leverage...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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