Cheating is more likely caused by an individual’s propensity to cheat than external factors, new research suggests. Dr. Marco Palma, director of the Human Behavior Lab at Texas A&M University and professor in the department of agricultural economics, and Dr. Billur Aksoy, assistant professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, took a closer… Read more

What happens in the brain when people act out of genuine altruism — where there’s nothing in it for them — and when they act with strategic kindness — when there is something to be gained as a consequence – is investigated in new research from psychologists at the University of Sussex. They undertook a… Read more

Providing “targeted” social support to other people in need activates regions of the brain involved in parental care, a new study indicates. The findings may help researchers understand the positive health effects of social ties. By comparison, providing “untargeted” support such as giving to charity does not have the same neurobiological effects, according to the… Read more

People deemed to be egotistical do not use the area of the brain that enables us to look into and imagine the distant future, researchers at the University of Geneva report. They also found that in more altruistic individuals, on the other hand, the same area is alive with activity. The findings may help psychologists… Read more

Reciprocity, cooperation under the assumption that we will receive benefits in return, outweighs our desire to conform with group norms when we’re deciding whether to cooperate with someone, suggests new research. Psychological scientist Angelo Romano, of the University of Torino and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, said: “Understanding human cooperation with strangers is considered a puzzle by… Read more