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Explaining Altruism: Guilt and Self-Esteem Parallel Reputation

Poster Session II - Board: II- 067
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
APS Exhibit Hall

Anne M. McGuire
Harvard University

Psychological and biological work on the evolution of altruism has focused on reputation of the helper or nonhelper. Data here show that, across types of actually-occurring helping behaviors, two intrapersonal processes, self-esteem and guilt, operate in parallel with observers’ opinions of helpers and nonhelpers, rendering reputation unnecessary for indirect reciprocity.

Subject Area: Personality/Social
Keywords: Emotion

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