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ERIC Number: EJ823514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Extrinsic Rewards Undermine Altruistic Tendencies in 20-Month-Olds
Warneken, Felix; Tomasello, Michael
Developmental Psychology, v44 n6 p1785-1788 Nov 2008
The current study investigated the influence of rewards on very young children's helping behavior. After 20-month-old infants received a material reward during a treatment phase, they subsequently were less likely to engage in further helping during a test phase as compared with infants who had previously received social praise or no reward at all. This so-called overjustification effect suggests that even the earliest helping behaviors of young children are intrinsically motivated and that socialization practices involving extrinsic rewards can undermine this tendency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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