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ERIC Number: EJ796529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Foundations of Cooperation in Young Children
Olson, Kristina R.; Spelke, Elizabeth S.
Cognition, v108 n1 p222-231 Jul 2008
Observations and experiments show that human adults preferentially share resources with close relations, with people who have shared with them (reciprocity), and with people who have shared with others (indirect reciprocity). These tendencies are consistent with evolutionary theory but could also reflect the shaping effects of experience or instruction in complex, cooperative, and competitive societies. Here, we report evidence for these three tendencies in 3.5-year-old children, despite their limited experience with complex cooperative networks. Three pillars of mature cooperative behavior therefore appear to have roots extending deep into human development. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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