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The Altruism Question: Toward A Social-psychological Answer
- C. Batson
- 1 July 1991
Contents: The Question Posed by Our Concern for Others: Altruism or Egoism? Part I: The Altruism Question in Western Thought.Egoism and Altruism in Western Philosophy. Egoism and Altruism in Early…
Altruism in Humans
- C. Batson
- 28 January 2011
Introduction Part I: A Theory of Altruistic Motivation 1. The Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis 2. Antecedents of Empathic Concern 3. Behavioral Consequences of Empathy-Induced Altruism Part II: Empirical…
Prosocial Motivation: Is it ever Truly Altruistic?
- C. Batson
Publisher Summary Prosocial motivation is egoistic when the ultimate goal is to increase one's own welfare; it is altruistic when the ultimate goal is to increase another's welfare. The view that all…
Empathy and attitudes: can feeling for a member of a stigmatized group improve feelings toward the group?
- C. Batson, M. P. Polycarpou, +5 authors L. Highberger
- Psychology, MedicineJournal of personality and social psychology
Results of 3 experiments suggest that feeling empathy for a member of a stigmatized group can improve attitudes toward the group as a whole and possible limits of the empathy-attitude effect are tested.
Religion and the Individual: A Social-Psychological Perspective
What leads a person to become religious? What happens psychologically in a religious experience? Does religion make a person happier, more open, more psychologically healthy, more tolerant, more…
Perspective Taking: Imagining How Another Feels Versus Imaging How You Would Feel
Although often confused, imagining how another feels and imagining how you would feel are two distinct forms of perspective taking with different emotional consequences. The former evokes empathy;…
Measuring Religion as Quest: 2) Reliability Concerns
In this paper, concerns are addressed regarding the reliability of the Quest scale introduced by Batson (1976) and Batson and Ventis (1982). After briefly reviewing the evidence, we have concluded…
The Neural Substrate of Human Empathy: Effects of Perspective-taking and Cognitive Appraisal
The view that humans' responses to the pain of others can be modulated by cognitive and motivational processes, which influence whether observing a conspecific in need of help will result in empathic concern, an important instigator for helping behavior, is supported.
Evidence for Altruism: Toward a Pluralism of Prosocial Motives
Psychologists have long assumed that the motivation for all intentional action, including all action intended to benefit others, is egoistic. People benefit others because, ultimately, to do so…