Psychology & Psychiatry

Psychologists map the psyche of extreme altruists

Although many people admire the actions of people who engage in acts of extraordinary altruism, like altruistic organ donors, bone marrow donors, and heroes who rescue people from fires or accidents, they are also often mystified ...

Medical economics

Paying people to take COVID vaccine worked well, study finds

A study finds that paying people to take a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine didn't lower the likelihood of seeking the second or third dose or of other positive health behaviors and didn't erode morals, sense of civic duty, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Money can increase willingness to help but only if empathy is low

A classic finding of social psychology research is that people donate less blood if they are paid to do so. If there is no payment, which means that they act simply out of a desire to help their fellow human beings, they ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Random acts of kindness make a bigger splash than expected

Even though they often enhance happiness, acts of kindness such as giving a friend a ride or bringing food for a sick family member can be somewhat rare because people underestimate how good these actions make recipients ...


Children's chores improve brain function

Requiring your kids to do chores on a regular basis may be associated with them having better academic performance and problem solving skills, according to new research from La Trobe University.

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