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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...

Children Influenced By Peer Pressure Much Earlier Than Previously Thought
2013-06-05 14:28:43

University of Maryland Peer group influences affect children much earlier than researchers have suspected, finds a new University of Maryland-led study. The researchers say it provides a wake-up call to parents and educators to look out for undue group influences, cliquishness and biases that might set in early, the researchers say. The study appears in the May/June 2013 issue of Child Development, and is available online. The researchers say their work represents a new line of research...

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...