Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Batson, C. D. 2010. Altruism. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Altruism refers to a specific form of motivation for benefiting another. Some biologists, economists, and psychologists speak of altruism as a form of behavior (e.g., costly helping or helping with no external reward). However, such use fails to consider the motivation for the behavior, which has historically been crucial for altruism.