More reasons to be nice: It's less work for everyone

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 15:30 in Psychology & Sociology

A polite act shows respect. But a new study of a common etiquette -- holding a door for someone -- suggests that courtesy may have a more practical, though unconscious, shared motivation: to reduce the work for those involved. The new research is among the first to combine two fields of study ordinarily considered unrelated: altruism and motor control.

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