Altruistic babies? Infants are willing to give up food, help others

Altruistic helping — the act of giving away something desirable, even at a cost to oneself — is perhaps no more evident than when it comes to food. Continue reading “Altruistic babies? Infants are willing to give up food, help others”

For the first time, a neural link between altruism and empathy toward strangers

Giving up a kidney to a stranger requires a certain sense of selflessness, what’s come to be known in social science as extraordinary altruism. University of Pennsylvania psychologist Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz wanted to understand the connection between this trait and empathy, specifically empathy for distress emotions. Continue reading “For the first time, a neural link between altruism and empathy toward strangers”

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