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  1. C. Daniel Batson

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0040

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Batson, C. D. 2010. Altruism. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Kansas

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  1. 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.