Extraordinary Altruism and Transcending the Self

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Longstanding psychological theories posit a link between empathy and altruism. A new study of anonymous kidney donors finds these 'extraordinary altruists' show an increased overlap in neural responses to pain for self and others. These findings, alongside other recent studies of altruism, shed new light on the nature of selflessness.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1071-1073
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Altruism, Ego, Empathy, Humans