Study sheds new light on the genetics underlying possible social differences between modern humans, our ancestors, and other primate species.
COVID-19 infections in families widened the prosocial gap almost three-fold between people with higher socioeconomic status and those from backgrounds of lower socioeconomic status.
Drums, dance, sleep deprivation, and drugs, referred to as the 4D's in the rave scene was associated with personal transformation for those who considered a rave to be an awe-inspiring event. The more a person felt personally transformed by the experience, the more bonded to the fellow ravers they felt. This phenomenon may explain the long-standing popularity of the rave scene.
While many people freeze while witnessing a violent event, researchers say nine times out of ten, at least one person will intervene to help the victim.
Using chemogenetic methods, researchers activated neurons in the anterior insular and increased prosocial behavior in rodent models of opioid addiction.
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.
Influence of social norms shapes a child's desire to share by the age of eight.
Study identifies three distinct types of teen popularity, prosocial popular, aggressive popular, and bistrategic popular or Machiavellian. The Machiavellian teens were considered most popular, despite being above average on both physical and relational aggression traits, as they displayed the most prosocial behavior.
A positive correlation has been identified between prosocial and rebellious behaviors in teens. The more risk taking behaviors a teen exhibited, the more likely they were to act prosocially. The findings suggest the same developmental processes are at work for both types of behaviors. Also noted was faster brain development in the medial prefrontal cortex predicted a decrease in rebellious behavior.