Category Archives: Altruism

Your Brain might be hard-wired for Empathy and Altruism

It’s an age-old quandary: Are we born “noble savages” whose best intentions are corrupted by civilization, as the 18th century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau contended? Or are we fundamentally selfish brutes who need civilization to rein in our base impulses, … Continue reading

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Neural Fingerprints of Altruism

A new neuroimaging study of war veterans with TBI reveals some interesting insights into brain areas associated with altruism. There are two war veterans, both with penetrating traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a gunshot. One of them tends to … Continue reading

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Journaling inspires altruism through an attitude of gratitude

Gratitude does more than help maintain good health. New research at the University of Oregon finds that regularly noting feelings of gratitude in a journal leads to increased altruism. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, sought … Continue reading

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From individualism to Altruism – Changing Society

A rise in individualism helps create generations of people with more altruistic mindsets, researchers report. Altruism based on individual values is changing Western society. People in Western countries have seen a rise in individualism for quite some time, and this … Continue reading

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Babies show sense of fairness, altruism as early as 15 months

“Our findings show that these norms of fairness and altruism are more rapidly acquired than we thought,” said Jessica Sommerville, a University of Washington associate professor of psychology who led the study. “These results also show a connection between fairness and … Continue reading

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