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Unformatted text preview: , 1973), and similarity
(Byrne, 1961)—tend to increase as genetic relatedness increases. Thus,
as a result of societal organization, increases in genetic relatedness
lead to increases in emotional closeness. Because of this and the effect
of emotional closeness on altruism, genetic relatedness indirectly affects altruism. However, it seems likely that emotional closeness is not
the only proximal cause that mediates the relationship between genetic relatedness and altruism. Therefore, we hypothesize that emotional closeness is neither a necessary nor a sufﬁcient condition for the
effect of genetic relatedness on willingness to act altruistically. We expect that willingness to act altruistically will increase as genetic relatedness increases regardless of emotional closeness. The present study
tested the hypothesis that emotional closeness partially mediates the
effect of genetic relatedness on willingness to act altruistically. METHOD
Participants were 29 (12 male, 17 female) undergradua...
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