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The roots of human altruism.

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of Psychology, August 2009
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#5 of 688)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)

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Title
The roots of human altruism.
Published in
British Journal of Psychology, August 2009
DOI 10.1348/000712608x379061
Pubmed ID
Authors

Felix Warneken, Michael Tomasello, Warneken F, Tomasello M

Abstract

Human infants as young as 14 to 18 months of age help others attain their goals, for example, by helping them to fetch out-of-reach objects or opening cabinets for them. They do this irrespective of any reward from adults (indeed external rewards undermine the tendency), and very likely with no concern for such things as reciprocation and reputation, which serve to maintain altruism in older children and adults. Humans' nearest primate relatives, chimpanzees, also help others instrumentally without concrete rewards. These results suggest that human infants are naturally altruistic, and as ontogeny proceeds and they must deal more independently with a wider range of social contexts, socialization and feedback from social interactions with others become important mediators of these initial altruistic tendencies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 3%
Germany 2 2%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Estonia 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Poland 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Hungary 1 <1%
Other 2 2%
Unknown 105 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 36 30%
Student > Bachelor 25 21%
Student > Master 16 13%
Researcher 13 11%
Other 7 6%
Other 23 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 71 59%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 10%
Social Sciences 12 10%
Business, Management and Accounting 5 4%
Computer Science 5 4%
Other 15 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 372. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 June 2018.
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#21,303
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