Older adults across the globe are more willing to help others
But they will prioritize charitable organizations operating within their own country. As foreign aid budgets are cut, there will be an increasing reliance on global charities. Understanding the giving preferences and inclinations of different age groups could be extremely important in planning campaigns and appeals.
Genetics may control who our friends are
Have you ever met someone you instantly liked? Or disliked? An “unconscious” part of the brain enables us to process information spontaneously and there may be a biological basis behind this instantaneous compatibility reaction.
Why firms find collaboration between national divisions difficult
In our globalized world, cooperation between citizens of different countries should actually be a matter of course. But around the world, people prefer to cooperate with their own fellow citizens rather than with foreigners.
Rats prefer to help their own kind; humans may be similarly wired
In human science terms, this is the study of the week. If you want to have genuine collaboration in an organization, you have to find ways to increase the sense of commonality on which belonging depends—to get the right brain areas working with the right reward mechanisms.
Confirmation: Gossip is good
By exchanging information with others, gossip is a way of forming relationships. It involves trust and facilitates a social bond that is reinforced as further communication takes place. To the human mind, the chit chat before and after a meeting is far more important that the “topic” or “purpose” of the meeting.
Helpful behavior during pandemic tied to recognizing commonality
Identification with a wider sense of community, as opposed to identification with a geographic area like a country or town, predicts whether someone will engage in “prosocial” behaviors particular to the pandemic, such as donating their own masks to a hospital or coming to the aid of a sick person.
Empathy may be in the eye of the beholder
Empathy is often portrayed as a desirable personal quality, but what happens if you show empathy for a white nationalist, or "anti-vaxxer"? Is empathy a social signal that shows what you stand for?
Romantic partners influence each other's goals
When one person within a couple avoids distress and conflicts, the other tries to do the same. And conversely, when one person seeks personal growth and meaningful experiences, the other wants to achieve them too.
Defiance and low trust in medical doctors related to vaccine skepticism
A new study shows people who react negatively to rules and recommendations have lower trust in medical doctors and a more negative attitude towards vaccines. This reflects falling trust in all areas of life—in corporations, in politicians, in the professions, in leaders of all kinds.
For people in diverse areas, community identity supersedes racial, ethnic differences
People can adapt to being in quarantine, or living in a neighborhood with different people. What probably disrupts this process, however, are divisive political leaders who purposefully try to agitate or polarize and exaggerate the differences between people.
Anxious about COVID-19? Your future offspring can be affected.
One of the things we know for sure about the current pandemic is that it has created a vast amount of stress, fear and anxiety. Just the things that the human system hates most (along with change).
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