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The roots of human altruism.

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of Psychology, December 2008
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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 709)
  • 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, December 2008
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 6 2%
Germany 3 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Switzerland 2 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Other 5 1%
Unknown 341 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 57 16%
Student > Bachelor 43 12%
Student > Master 23 6%
Researcher 22 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 16 4%
Other 42 12%
Unknown 162 44%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 120 33%
Social Sciences 21 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 19 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 9 2%
Unspecified 8 2%
Other 26 7%
Unknown 162 44%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 380. 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 21 September 2018.
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#22,543
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#5
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#1
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