The Altruistic Brain

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With our divided politics and fierce news media, it’s easy to lose faith in human goodness. Everyone seems to be out to get each other. However, altruism is still a potent force in the world. An altruistic behavior is an action that benefits a recipient but presents some cost or burden to the altruist. We find examples of people who volunteer for charity work and help strangers in need without any obvious expectation of a return favor. Why exactly…

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Erman Misirlisoy, PhD

Erman Misirlisoy, PhD

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Neuroscientist writing about brains, behavior, & health. Sign up for my free newsletter on the science of well-being: erman.substack.com