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Social exclusion is harmful and leads to negative consequences across the lifespan. Based on studies primarily with adults, psychologists have characterized a highly sensitive "ostracism detection system" that acts quickly and automatically to detect exclusion and mitigate its effects. However, research with children has not fully explored whether...
In hierarchical societies, what do we expect from people at the top? Early in life, children use horizontal social relationships (e.g., affiliation) to predict selectivity in prosocial behavior. But it is unknown whether they view asymmetries in prosocial behavior as characteristic of vertical relationships (e.g., differences in social power) as we...
When someone is in need, providing help may be seen as obligatory, and inaction itself deemed impermissible. At what age do young children view helping as obligatory?
This study examined social influences on 3-year-old children’s decisions to help an experimenter gain another person’s attention (N = 32). Children were slower to help the experimenter when the target had previously expressed disinterest in attending to her. Shy children were less likely to support the experimenter’s attempts to communicate with th...