PSY 392 Prosocial Behavior

Section CRN Instructor Time
Dr. Nathan Arbuckle M, W 1:00pm - 2:20pm

Are humans naturally selfish or altruistic? This course will examine the scientific evidence for what motivates people to behave in ways that benefit others. We will consider the role that social processes and individual differences play in determining prosocial and antisocial behaviors. By the end of the course you will have a better understanding of when and why people behave prosocially.

Topics will include:

  • Social psychology of prosocial behavior
  • Neuroscientific underpinnings of prosociality
  • Preferences for economic fairness
  • Prosociality and happiness
  • Identity and prosociality
  • Antisociality and psychopathy
  • Motivating prosocial behavior in real-world settings