publication . Article . 2017

Children are sensitive to norms of giving

McAuliffe, K.; Raihani, N. J.; Dunham, Y.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 24 Jan 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom
People across societies engage in costly sharing, but the extent of such sharing shows striking cultural variation, highlighting the importance of local norms in shaping generosity. Despite this acknowledged role for norms, it is unclear when they begin to exert their influence in development. Here we use a Dictator Game to investigate the extent to which 4- to 9-year-old children are sensitive to selfish (give 20%) and generous (give 80%) norms. Additionally, we varied whether children were told how much other children give (descriptive norm) or what they should give according to an adult (injunctive norm). Results showed that children generally gave more when ...
free text keywords: Generosity; Cooperation; Dictator game; Norms; Social cognitive development
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