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The more people rely on their intuitions, the more cooperative they become

The more people rely on their intuitions, the more cooperative they become | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Researchers trying to answer an age-old question about human goodness have found evidence for a "cooperation reflex." They show that when self-interest goes up against the common good, our intuitions favor cooperation, while stopping to think leaves the door open for selfishness to kick in. 

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Pathological Altruism: Selflessness Gone Awry, and the Damage It Can Cause

Pathological Altruism: Selflessness Gone Awry, and the Damage It Can Cause | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Scientists say that ostensibly generous behavior, taken to extremes, can become unhelpful, unproductive and even destructive.
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The more gray matter you have, the more altruistic you are

The more gray matter you have, the more altruistic you are | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

The volume of a small brain region influences one's predisposition for altruistic behavior.

Ernst Fehr adds: "These are exciting results for us. However, one should not jump to the conclusion that altruistic behavior is determined by biological factors alone." The volume of gray matter is also influenced by social processes. According to Fehr, the findings therefore raise the fascinating question as to whether it is possible to promote the development of brain regions that are important for altruistic behavior through appropriate training or social norms.

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