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Social psychology: Love thy stranger as thyself

Nature Human Behaviour volume 1, Article number: 0108 (2017) | Download Citation

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Extraordinary altruists risk their own health and life to help anonymous strangers. A study now shows that extraordinary altruists are motivated to do good to distant others not because they feel socially closer to them, but because they genuinely care more for the welfare of strangers.

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  1. Tobias Kalenscher is head of the Comparative Psychology Group, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany.

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