'Morality pills' may be the US's best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist
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.
Aug. 10, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus emotion cooperation psilocybin social-distancing altruism oxytocin face-masks masks public-goods performance-enhancement cognitive-enhancement experimental-economics sociopath human-enhancements rules wearing-masks
Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
April 14, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: neuroscience psychology altruism volunteering giving generosity philanthropy-and-nonprofits philanthropy-and-nonprofit-research
Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
April 3, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: evolution covid-19 mice colonies animals social-distancing isolation coronavirus-2020 altruism bats animal-behavior ants contagion monkeys
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.
March 26, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus risk social-psychology communication altruism surveys human-behavior
We might recover our sense of being part of society.
March 18, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus altruism
When do we learn altruism? Maybe as early as infancy, according to new research that shows 19-month-old babies will share a tasty snack with a stranger.
Feb. 4, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: food altruism babies science-and-technology society-and-culture social-lives sharing
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