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UWO Engage magazine explores altruism

Before he became a professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh psychologist David Lishner didn’t have much faith in human nature. But the results of his research have changed his opinion.

The latest issue of Engage magazine, which is available online now, explores the state of altruism in today’s world.

“The human ability to feel tenderness is much better than that of other mammals,” Lishner said. “We have it down to a science.”

He said a behavior is truly altruistic if the goal is to benefit another person as an end unto itself.

“In the wake of the Arizona shooting earlier this month, it is especially heartening to know that notions, such as ‘pay it forward’ and ‘random acts of kindness,’ continue to thrive in our society,” said Alumni Relations Director Christine Gantner.

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