Individual differences in altruism explained by brain region involved in empathy | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

What can explain extreme differences in altruism among individuals, from Ebenezer Scrooge to Mother Teresa? It may all come down to variation in the size and activity of a brain region involved in appreciating others' perspectives, according to a study published in the July 12th issue of the journal Neuron. The findings also provide a neural explanation for why altruistic tendencies remain stable over time.

 

The junction (yellow) between the parietal and the temporal lobes, in which the relative proportion of gray matter is significantly positively correlated with the propensity for altruistic behavior. ..

 

Individuals who excel at understanding others' intents and beliefs are more altruistic than those who struggle at this task. ...


Via Edwin Rutsch