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Published: 12 April 2007

480 Pages | 7 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195182910

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Altruism and Health

Perspectives from Empirical Research

Edited by Stephen G. Post

Although studies show that those who are physically or psychologically overwhelmed by the needs of others do experience a stressful burden that can have significant negative health consequences, little attention has been given to whether there are health benefits from helping behavior that is fulfilling, not overwhelming. In the proposed book, Stephen Post brings together distinguished researchers from basic science to address this question in objective terms. The book will also provide heuristic models, from evolution and neuroscience, to explain the association between altruism and health, and examine potential public health and practical implications of the existing data. This book will be of interest to healthcare professionals, epidemiologists, positive psychologists, philosophers, ethicists, and religion scholars.


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