Scientists highlight culture's crucial role in achieving better health

Scientists have claimed that neglecting culture has been the "single biggest barrier" to achieving good health worldwide.

Having a sibling promotes sympathy and altruism in brothers

A new study has revealed that siblings uniquely promote sympathy and altruism in boys.

Why people risk their lives to save others

People who risk their lives to save strangers may do so without deliberation, says a study, adding that extreme altruism may be largely motivated by automatic, intuitive processes.

Oldest evidence of human brain damage found

Anthropologists have unearthed a 100,000-year-old skeleton of a child in Israel who may have died because of a brain injury - the oldest evidence of brain damage in a modern human.

Altruistic kids are less depressed

Those kids who find pleasure in sharing whatever money they have with others are less likely to sufferer from depression, a fascinating research shows.

Altruism may have origins in manipulation

Manipulation might be responsible for the evolutionary origins of some helpful or altruistic behaviour, a new study has revealed.

Plants are altruistic too

Dogs caring for orphaned kittens or chimps sharing food are all examples of animal altruism.

Brain cells behind altruism discovered

Researchers have found brain cells in monkeys that fire only when the creatures act unselfishly, and which may provide clues to the neural basis of altruism in humans.

Grey matter in brain linked to altruism: Study

Some people who are more forthcoming with help than others can thank the size of their grey matter, housed at the junction of the two brain lobes, says a new study.

Babies as young as 15 months have a sense of fairness, altruism

A sense of fairness and altruism is present in babies as young as 15 months; they can tell when a food item is being distributed equally or not.

Rich really poor in generosity, empathy and altruism

People of a lower class show more empathy, more prosocial behaviour and compassion to others than those who are richer.

Chimps like to help others: Study

Female chimpanzees like to spontaneously help others rather than act selfishly, suggesting altruism may not be a uniquely human trait.