11-23 - Prosocial Behavior Behaviors that benefit society...

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Prosocial Behavior Behaviors that benefit society or other people Kitty Genovese Queens woman William Mosley stabbed her 38 witnesses did nothing Why don't we help? My Keys Altruism At cost to self Without regard for benefit to self Themes B= f(P,S) behavior is a function of a person acting with a situation person: are some individuals more disposed to helping than others situation: what are the features of the situation that make it more likely people will help? Motivation Selfless or selfish nature of humankind Motivational Factors Evolutionary perspectives kin Selection Goal is to propagate genes (not just survive) preferential helping of genetic relatives preferential helping of younger genetic relatives The norm of Reciprocity doing favors for others inspires a need for the favor to be returned Group Selection Altruistic groups survive; selfish groups don't Adaptive to learn prosocial norms from group
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course PYSC 315 taught by Professor Kim,a. during the Fall '10 term at Texas A&M.

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