Upstream reciprocity, or generosity, can be seen in children as young as four years of age. At age three, 80% of children do not want to share, but at age four, 60% of children are happy to share with others.
Contemplating loving-kindness reduces anxiety while increasing happiness, empathy and feelings of social connection, a new study reports.
Game theory may help explain our motivation to embark on altruistic and social activities, researchers say.
As early as 19 months of age, children start to show altruistic behaviors. The study reports even when a small child is hungry, they will give their snack to a stranger in need. Findings reveal not only do young children engage in altruistic behavior, but early social experiences can also help shape future altruistic behaviors.
According to researchers, people may try to invoke negative emotions in others for altruistic reasons, not simply for their own benefit.
According to a new neuroimaging study, people who donate their kidneys to strangers have significantly different brain structures to those who don't.
Researchers report the more empathetic you are, the more likely you are to play 'good Samaritan' and help an injured person.