IB Psychology: Altruism

These teaching notes are for the learning objective: Contrast two theories explaining altruism in humans. First, we need to define some terms. Altruism is defined as helping behaviour in which there may be no reward or even a cost to the individual. There are two types of arguments for explaining altruism - biological and psychological. Biological arguments focus on biological determinants which make us more or less...

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Cherith Johnson 26 March 2018 - 00:42

Are there any good/strong kin selection studies that use humans as subjects, instead of animals? I always struggle to provide good human studies, but it seems very clear from both your website and the IBO that students MUST use human research, not animal, is that a correct understanding?

John Crane 26 March 2018 - 06:25

Maybe something like this?

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