Compassion

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The Compassionate Mind

A growing body of evidence suggests compassion is a natural and automatic response that has ensured human survival. More

  • People are much more likely to decide to donate a kidney to a stranger -- an extraordinarily altruistic act -- in areas of the United States where levels of well-being are high, researchers find. More

    Altruistic Acts More Common in States With High Well-Being

    People are much more likely to decide to donate a kidney to a stranger -- an extraordinarily altruistic act -- in areas of the United States where levels of well-being are high, researchers find. More

  • Research shows that donors are more generous when they’re asked to give a hypothetical amount to one person before deciding how much to actually donate to a group of needy people. More

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    Bringing In More Donations to the Cause – At No Extra Cost

    Research shows that donors are more generous when they’re asked to give a hypothetical amount to one person before deciding how much to actually donate to a group of needy people. More

  • A series of experiments suggests that people are more likely to donate money to help victims of natural disasters as opposed to human-made catastrophes. More

    Donate to Help? Only if Nature Caused the Disaster

    A series of experiments suggests that people are more likely to donate money to help victims of natural disasters as opposed to human-made catastrophes. More

  • People pay more attention to the number of people killed in a natural disaster than to the number of survivors when deciding how much money to donate to disaster relief efforts, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The donation bias More

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    Disaster Relief Donations Track Number of People Killed, Not Survivors

    People pay more attention to the number of people killed in a natural disaster than to the number of survivors when deciding how much money to donate to disaster relief efforts, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The donation bias More

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