College freshmen with depressed roommates become increasingly depressed themselves over a three-month period. Diners sitting next to heavy eaters end up eating more food. Homeowners with neighbors who garden wind up with better looking lawns.So not only does altruism breed more altruism but apparently witnessing almost anything tends to make one more likely to act that way as well.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Very Social Science: A Review of "Connected"
This is from a review of Connected, a book that's been out for 6 months and has already received quite a bit of notice. But this new review reminded me of my previous post about altruism.