The stress hormone cortisol reduces altruistic behaviors and alters brain activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in people with higher levels of empathy.
Contrary to popular belief, researchers report most people do not interfere when they witness someone abusing a stranger.
A new neuroimaging study reveals people who consider themselves to be egotistical have no increased activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex when they think about the distant future. By contrast, altruistic people have increased activity in this region when asked to consider the consequences of the distant future.
A new study report on how brain connectivity reveals our hidden motives.
Imagination helps us act altruistically, a new study reports. When we see others in trouble, we imagine how we can help before acting. Researchers implicate the medial temporal lobe subsystem in guiding our prosocial behaviors.
Contemplating loving-kindness reduces anxiety while increasing happiness, empathy and feelings of social connection, a new study reports.