An employee counts money at a bank in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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What inspires humans to acts of generosity?If one assumes that human behavior is primarily motivated by self-interest, it seems illogical to willingly sacrifice resources for others.Scientists conducted an experiment with 50 people at a lab in Zurich who reported on their own happiness levels after different acts of generosity.At the same time, several MRI scans revealed that an area of the human brain linked to generosity triggered a response in another part related to happiness.The researchers examined activity in three areas of the brain – one linked to altruism and social behavior, a second to happiness and a third area involved in decision-making.Monday, a different study said humans were wired to help less fortunate people, but only if this does not upend the existing social pecking order.
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