Varieties of altruism in children and chimpanzees

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Title: Varieties of altruism in children and chimpanzees
Author: Warneken, Felix; Tomasello, Michael

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Citation: Warneken, Felix, and Michael Tomasello. 2009. “Varieties of Altruism in Children and Chimpanzees.” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13 (9) (September): 397–402. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2009.06.008.
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Abstract: Recent empirical research has shed new light on the
perennial question of human altruism. A number of
recent studies suggest that from very early in ontogeny
young children have a biological predisposition to help
others achieve their goals, to share resources with
others and to inform others of things helpfully. Humans’
nearest primate relatives, such as chimpanzees, engage
in some but not all of these behaviors: they help others
instrumentally, but they are not so inclined to share
resources altruistically and they do not inform others
of things helpfully. The evolutionary roots of human
altruism thus appear to be much more complex than
previously supposed.
Published Version: doi:10.1016/j.tics.2009.06.008
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