What is Altruism in Social Psychology? - Origins & Social Influence


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Altruism is defined as

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1. Helping others is considered _____.

2. A firefighter rushes inside a burning building to see if anyone is trapped. This is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Why might people perform altruistic acts, and what factors might inhibit them in doing so? This quiz and worksheet will help you assess your understanding of these topics.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of altruism
  • What leads us to help others
  • What group is not expected to act on the social responsibility norm
  • What the social exchange theory states
  • What the bystander effect is

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the origins of altruism
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about helping others in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as bystander effect and social exchange theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about this social act, review the accompanying lesson called Altruism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explore what might motivate people to help others
  • Reveal the biological and social factors influencing altruism
  • Explain the social exchange theory
  • Define and provide an example of the bystander effect