Born self­less

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Ever won­dered what makes your tod­dler so ea­ger to help? Dr Felix Warneken, a pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at Har­vard Univer­sity, de­vel­oped tests to see whether al­tru­ism is ap­par­ent in tod­dlers. He also con­ducted the experiment on chim­panzees to find out how big a role so­cial­i­sa­tion plays. The re­sults were con­clu­sive, prov­ing that hu­man be­ings are not only nat­u­rally al­tru­is­tic from a young age, but are more than happy to act self­lessly. Their hairy coun­ter­parts dis­played al­tru­is­tic el­e­ments sim­i­lar to hu­man be­ings (although un­de­ni­ably to a lesser de­gree), show­ing that self­less­ness may be some­what in­her­ent.

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