Doomscrolling is not going to help.
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As uncertainty abounds and anxiety skyrockets, you've probably heard advice to be patient, stay calm and keep the faith. Here are 10 concrete tips to help you actually manage the stress.
A psychoactive substance to make you act in everyone’s best interest?
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Rather than a vaccine to beef up your immune system, a psychoactive substance could boost your cooperative, pro-social behavior – curtailing the selfish actions that spur on coronavirus's spread.
The main characters of ‘The Good Place’ become better over time.
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Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
Caribbean spiny lobsters normally live in groups, but healthy lobsters avoid members of their own species if they are infected with a deadly virus.
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Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
Behavior is changing because of the coronavirus. Is perceived risk the reason why?
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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.
Artificial dividing lines.
We might recover our sense of being part of society.
Disasters and times of crisis bring out the best in most of us. Despite the media focus on initial panic at the COVID-19 pandemic, we are are starting to see a more heartening community response.
No matter what we do, things will get worse.
Some argue humans lack the altruism and long-term thinking that is needed to deal with the climate crisis. So how can you stay motivated?
The rewards for doing this usually aren’t monetary.
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Because most people want to be perceived as generous, sometimes monetary incentives for doing a good deed are counterproductive.
Looks can be deceiving…
Vampire bats form social bonds similar to human friendships – and they're good friends to those in need.
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A thought experiment from Richard Dawkins' book The Selfish Gene turned out to be a more realistic explanation for altruism than he expected.
Self-sacrifice isn't all about selfish genes.
Is everything about who we are contained within our brains?
What goes into all for one and one for all?
Where do the cooperative skills that hold together human societies come from and why don't our selfish instincts overwhelm them? Evolutionary game theory suggests that empathy is a crucial contributor.
New research shows that when it comes to giving gifts, it really is the thought that counts.
Even though we might grumble about the pressures of Christmas, new research shows that we give because we genuinely want to make people happy.
Volunteering at a food bank is one way people feel rewarded by giving.
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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.
Social media is one avenue for proclaiming generosity.
Some people are more inclined to give when they know their friends will find out.
Pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to have exceeded US$72 billion.
American spending on pets is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world. What if even a small percentage of this spending was allocated to reducing suffering, asks a philosopher.
Generosity boosts reward mechanisms in the brain.
The idea that we are only kind to get ahead doesn't seem to hold up, being nice genuinely makes us feel good.
The more you like someone, the more optimistic you are for them.
Study challenges our understanding of optimism as being a self-centered phenomenon.