Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW

Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW

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Altruism Matters for Your Gray Matter

Interesting new research from the University of Zurich suggests that Altruism in part might be linked to the amount of Gray Matter in your brain.

“New research shows that people who behave more altruistically have more gray matter at the junction between the parietal and temporal lobes.

This shows, for the first time, a connection between brain anatomy, brain activity and altruistic behavior, say the researchers from the University of Zurich.”

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Of course our biologics can’t be the only factor contributing to our interest in caring for and supporting others. Our experiences have to play a piece right? Right:

“He noted that the volume of gray matter is also influenced by social processes. This raises the “fascinating” question as to whether it is possible to promote the development of brain regions that are important for altruistic behavior through training or social norms, he said.”

I find this type of research fascinating and incredibly thought provoking. In biology, sociology, psychology and social work we often debate Nature Vs. Nurture, but the more research we do the more we seem to prove that they are inherently interconnected. These are important implications for development education and beyond.

Written By Georgianna Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer

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