Psych M.D.- Prosocial Behavior




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Term: Prosocial Behavior
Definition (Myers): Positive, constructive, helpful behavior.
Definition (alternative): Prosocial behavior is voluntary behavior intended to benefit another, such as helping, sharing, and comforting others. Link
Contextual explanation: Prosocial behavior occurs when someone has no goal other than to help another human being. Such behavior can be found in many other animals as well, thus, it is believed to be genetic. An anonymous donation for charity would be an example of a prosocial behavior, as it refers to "voluntary actions that are intended to help or benefit another individual or group of individuals".

Related terms and concepts:
Intrinsic Motivation
Extrinsic Motivation
Observational learning
behavior
Related websites:
http://changingminds.org/explanations/theories/prosocial_behavior.htm
http://social.jrank.org/pages/526/Prosocial-Behavior.html
http://www.psychwiki.com/wiki/Prosocial_Behavior
Edited by: Gina



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