Altruism and stress

Altruism and stress - Altruism- unselfish regard for the...

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Altruism- unselfish regard for the welfare of others Motivations for altruism: Social exchange theory- we engage in behavior if it will maximize our rewards and minimize costs Rewards/cost of helping influenced by social norms Reciprocity norm- we help those who help us Social responsibility norm: we help those who depend on us Is genuine altruism possible? To some extent its inevitable: we act in the interest of our genes, not ourselves We invest in the offspring and other family members even when personal rewards are minimal Genuinely altruistic behavior: So mechanics for (genuinely altruistic) parental care extend to others Maybe: “Tender” emotions of empathic concern predict volunteering to help a stranger We are more willing to help “babyfaced” individuals Maternal hormone/neuropeptide oxytocin predicts altruism, but not emotional rewards or attachment Stress- process of psychologically and physically adapting to challenges or threats in the environment Stress can include three separate things:
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2010 for the course PGY 166214 taught by Professor Hudson during the Fall '10 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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