Older adults are more likely to make an effort to help others, a new study reports. Researchers found, when faced with tasks that required more effort, older adults were more likely to offer help than younger people. By contrast, younger adults were more selfish and put in higher levels of effort for self-benefit.
Researchers discover converging signs of pure altruism within the brain and noted that the behavior increases as we age.
The stress hormone cortisol reduces altruistic behaviors and alters brain activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in people with higher levels of empathy.
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.
A new study reports readiness to help in an emergency situation depends heavily on your personality.
Study sheds new light on the genetics underlying possible social differences between modern humans, our ancestors, and other primate species.