Felix Warneken: Adorable Altruistic Experiment Series

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How do early prosocial behaviours develop?

What situations set the stage for children to "help" spontaneously?

How does biology and culture work in concert in the development of altruism?

In this excerpt from the Heart-Mind 2014 Conference, Dr. Felix Warneken walks us through a series of experiments with very young children that examines these questions.

(Prepare to smile at how adorable the emerging state of altruism looks!)

 

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    Managing conflict effectively is about creating an atmosphere where violence and aggression are not likely. To resolve conflict means using empathy, problem-solving skills, understanding other points of view and coming up with ways to make things right in a fair way.