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Reputation and Altruism

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Why might individuals help others? Evolutionary psychologists seek adaptive answers to this question by investigating how helpers get something back. This becomes most challenging when individuals are not kin and do not get a return through direct reciprocation. One way in which helping might actually be self-interested is if others learn about the helpful behavior and in consequence act preferentially toward you. Thus it may pay to care about reputation – about behavior not just with a partner but in a social setting where others may have access to some index of past behavior. It is apparent that people act more altruist ...

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Author(s): Roberts G

Editor(s): T. K. Shackelford and V. A. Weekes-Shackelford

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

Year: 2019

Pages: 1-3

Print publication date: 14/05/2019

Acceptance date: 17/12/2016

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Publisher: Springer International Publishing


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1936-1

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783319196497


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