Altruistic behavior as a costly signal of general intelligence

@inproceedings{Millet2007AltruisticBA,
  title={Altruistic behavior as a costly signal of general intelligence},
  author={Kobe Millet and Siegfried Dewitte},
  year={2007}
}
Unconditional altruism is an enduring puzzle for evolutionary approaches to social behavior. In this paper we argue that costly signaling theory, a well-established framework in biology and economics, may be useful to shed light on the individual differences in human unconditional altruism. Based on costly signaling theory, we propose and show that unconditional altruistic behavior is related to general intelligence. The cost incurred by engaging in unconditional altruism is lower for highly… CONTINUE READING

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