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Prosocial acts

What Counts As Altruism? People Judge Good Acts Harshly When They Are Performed For Selfish Ends

Philosophers have long debated what constitutes genuine altruism. Some have argued that any acts, no matter however charitable, that benefit both the actor as well as the recipient, are altruistically “impure”, and thus can’t qualify as genuinely selfless. 45 more words

Behavioral Economics

A question of minutes

A 4.30am start and three-minute toilet breaks: are you ready for microscheduling?

Work is one of the biggest sources of stress in our lives, second only to health problems, according to a survey for the Mental Health Foundation last year. 42 more words

Behavioral Economics

Loss Aversion, the pain of loosing

We don’t like to lose. Right!!

Not at all if it’s a sale, argument or a game. Sometimes we make a decision on the fact that they avoid the chances of loss rather than increasing the gain. 905 more words

Are animals conscious?

Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition

A red structure with cages on its roof rises three stories above the labyrinth of neon-lit stalls and narrow alleyways, its top floor emblazoned with two words: birds hospital. 83 more words

Behavioral Economics

Dopamine and music

Listening to the music you love will make your brain release more dopamine, study finds

A new study has found that dopamine — a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning — plays a direct role in the reward experience induced by music. 46 more words

Behavioral Economics

In a tenth of a second

First impressions count

I became interested in studying first impressions after my research group discovered that such impressions can predict the outcomes of important political elections. 59 more words

Behavioral Economics