The more gray matter you have, the more altruistic you are

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2012) The volume of a small brain region influences one's predisposition for altruistic behavior. Researchers from the University of Zurich show that people who behave more altruistically than others have more gray matter at the junction between the parietal and temporal lobe.. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Manfred Ostrowski - Jul 12, 2012 - 2:12 AM PDT
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Sirajul Islam
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by Sirajul Islam - Jul. 16, 2012

Interesting research findings as to why are some people very selfish and others very altruistic. I'm with the study team leader that we should not jump to the conclusion that altruistic behavior is determined by biological factors alone but the matter may also influenced by social processes.

“These are exciting results for us. However, one should not jump to the conclusion that altruistic behavior is determined by biological factors alone.” – ... More »

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Manfred Ostrowski
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by Manfred Ostrowski - Jul. 12, 2012
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Ellen Wilfley
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by Ellen Wilfley - Jan. 16, 2013

Several things trouble me about this article. Firstly, there is no author credit, and therefore no way for me to determine trustworthiness (as we discussed in class). Secondly, though I realize this is a publication of university research, and as such prone to be one-sided in its presentation of a topic, I feel that sourcing ONLY the group conducting the research creates an article that is so highly biased that it precludes responsible journalism. ANY other source, perhaps another institution conducting similar studies or an expert in a related field, would offer that all-important sense of perspective to give the article more gravity. And finally, with regards to the specific content of the research, I am shocked to find that ... More »

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