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The main characters of ‘The Good Place’ become better over time. Michael Tran/FilmMagic via Getty Images

Do people become more selfless as they age?

Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
Behavior is changing because of the coronavirus. Is perceived risk the reason why? AP Photo/Steven Senne

Americans disagree on how risky the coronavirus is, but most are changing their behavior anyway

Using a survey taken from March 10 – March 16, social scientists tried to untangle the complicated connection between feelings of vulnerability and behavior change in response to the coronavirus.
The rewards for doing this usually aren’t monetary. Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Paying all blood donors might not be worth it

Because most people want to be perceived as generous, sometimes monetary incentives for doing a good deed are counterproductive.
Volunteering at a food bank is one way people feel rewarded by giving. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

When you’re grateful, your brain becomes more charitable

How does being thankful about things in your own life relate to any selfless concern you may have about the well-being of others? A neuroscientist explores the gratitude/altruism connection.

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