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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 9, 2010 

A new study suggests genetics may influence an individual’s enjoyment of performing good deeds for other people.

According to the study by researchers at the University of Bonn, a minute change in a particular gene is associated with a significantly higher willingness to donate time or money.

People with the genetic alteration gave twice as much money on average to a charitable cause as did other study subjects.

Researchers working with psychologist Professor Dr. Martin Reuter invited their students to take a “retention test” — the roughly 100 participants were to memorize series of numbers and then repeat them as correctly as possible. They received the sum of five Euros for doing this.

Afterwards, they could either take their hard-earned money home or donate any portion of it to a charitable cause. This decision was made freely and in apparent anonymity.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/11/09/is-there-a-do-good-gene/20681.html



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