Can altruism be understood in terms of socially-discounted extrinsic reinforcement?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (2):259-260 (2002)
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Altruism can be understood in terms of traditional principles of reinforcement if an outcome that is beneficial to another person reinforces the behavior of the actor who produces it. This account depends on a generalization of reinforcement across persons and might be more amenable to experimental investigation than the one proposed by Rachlin.



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