The Effects of Perspective Taking on Motivations for Helping: Still No Evidence for Altruism

  title={The Effects of Perspective Taking on Motivations for Helping: Still No Evidence for Altruism},
  author={Jon K. Maner and Carol L. Luce and Steven L. Neuberg and Robert B. Cialdini and Stephanie L. Brown and Brad J. Sagarin},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1601 - 1610}
To investigate the existence of true altruism, the authors assessed the link between empathic concern and helping by (a) employing an experimental perspective-taking paradigm used previously to demonstrate empathy-associated helping and (b) assessing the empathy-helping relationship while controlling for a range of relevant, well-measured nonaltruistic motivations. Consistent with previous research, the authors found a significant zero-order relationship between helping and empathic concern… 

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