Psychological Aspects of Adaptations for Kin Directed Altruistic Helping Behaviors
Kruger, Daniel J., Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
This questionnaire study sheds light on the psychological component of kin selecting tendencies predicted by Hamilton's (1964b) inclusive fitness theory of discriminatory altruistic behavior based on genetic similarity. Participants rated donations of assistance aiding survival and material wealth as more rational and ethical when these actions were performed for closer relatives. Participants also felt a greater obligation to perform these acts for a close relation. A comparison condition where assistance was unlikely to affect survival or reproductive success did not exhibit these tendencies.
Speculation on altruism reflects on the fundamental character of human nature. …
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Publication information: Article title: Psychological Aspects of Adaptations for Kin Directed Altruistic Helping Behaviors. Contributors: Kruger, Daniel J. - Author. Journal title: Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal. Volume: 29. Issue: 4 Publication date: January 1, 2001. Page number: 323+. © 2009 Scientific Journal Publishers, Ltd. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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