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Assignment 1: Discussion Question: Prosocial Behavior and Altruism

By Saturday, May 2, 2015, respond to the discussion question. Submit your responses to the appropriate Discussion Area. Use the same Discussion Area to comment on your classmates’ submissions by Saturday, May 2, 2015, and continue the discussion until Wednesday, May 6, 2015 of the week.

Consider and discuss how the phenomena of prosocial behavior and pure altruism relate to each other and how they differ from each other.

Pure altruism is a specific kind of prosocial behavior where your sole motivation is to help a person in need without seeking benefit for yourself. It is often viewed as a truly selfless form of behavior.

Provide an example each of prosocial behavior and pure altruism.


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