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Beneficial effects of human altruism

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dc.contributor.author Lozada, Mariana
dc.contributor.author D'Adamo, Paola
dc.contributor.author Fuentes, Miguel Angel
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-05T19:41:42Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-05T19:41:42Z
dc.date.issued 01/11/2011
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2011, vol.289, p. 12–16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11447/747
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2011.08.016
dc.description.abstract In this work we review converging evidence from several lines of research which suggests that altruism in humans can be intrinsically rewarding. Various investigations illustrate how human altruism can have beneficial effects on health and wellbeing. In this contribution we propose a model that includes positive effects of altruism. These beneficial effects lead to significant changes in the dynamics of the system, favouring higher levels of altruism and facilitating abrupt changes towards cooperation. In the present model, social modulation occurs at both individual and collective levels. The potential beneficial role of altruism proposed here may account for its occurrence among non-kin and beyond reciprocity.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Cooperation
dc.subject Plasticity
dc.subject Cultural conditioning
dc.title Beneficial effects of human altruism
dc.type Artículo


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