ERIC Number: ED080134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Effect of Mood on Children's Giving.
Underwood, Bill; And Others
Proceedings, 80th Annual Convention, APA, 1972, p243-44
An experiment was conducted to clarify the relations between affect and altruism by inducing affect directly. It was hypothesized that children who experienced positive affect would share more than controls, while those experiencing negative affect would share significantly less than controls. Ss were 25 girls and 18 boys from the second and third grades. Ss were brought individually to a trailer by the Experimenter and were told that they were to receive 25 pennies for helping test some new hearing equipment. The child had the option of donating his money to a less fortunate child. Results indicate that brief affective experiences have significant implications for behavior toward others. People who are experiencing positive affect tend to be kind to themselves and others. Results for negative affect are inconclusive. Further research is recommended. (CK)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Altruism, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Feedback, Motivation, Reinforcement, Research Reports
American Psychological Association, 1200 17th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (80th, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 2-8, 1972)