Questions tagged [altruism]

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Reliable sources for society trust score?

It seems like that the general public [1,2,3] and some academics [4,5] believe that China is an exemplar society of low-trust. Most of my friends share the same beliefs. However, one data source ...
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Name of the effect that one feels entitled to more egoistic behaviour if one commited an altruistic deed [closed]

I'm looking for the term for the tendency of people to keep a kind of "altruism credit" which means if they help someone else at one moment, they more likely resolve to not helping if they ...
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Dimensional/Domain Change in “Generalized Negative Reciprocity”?

Generalized (Positive) Reciprocity says that if A helps B, B will help C. Many studies have shown that this behavior exists in different settings (real life, field and lab experiments). Studies also ...
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Encouraging Kindness in Rich People?

Evidence presented in this video suggests that, statistically, rich people are more likely to be jerks than people with less money. How could this tendency be curbed, especially with regards to rich ...
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What, if any, objective tests were designed for the assessment of altruism?

In an article by Santacreu et al. (2006) there is a mention of altruism assessment within the framework of the Character Education Inquiry (CEI): If we return to the first half of the last century, ...
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Is there a game-theoretic explanation for why people do (or don't) participate in community policing/moderation?

My question is closely related to this Meta post about what drives individual participation in "community policing" on Stack Exchange sites (e.g. downvoting, voting to close, participating in review ...
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The roots of Online Altruism [closed]

My name is Dan and as part of my bachelor degree in cognitive sciences I'm taking a course called Human Altruism. It's a very interesting one, that asks what are ...
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Which personality traits cause “non-cruelty”?

Human behavior towards other living beings can be classified into three categories: altruistic: actively caring for the well-being of others cruel: deliberately inflicting pain and suffering neutral: ...
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Do the brains of non-altruistic persons mirror the observed experience of suffering?

Altruistic behavior can have different motivations: from the hope that the help you give will ultimately benefit yourself (social exchange theory) to a selfless wish to alleviate someone's suffering. ...