The fulfillment of others' needs elevates children's body posture.
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Much is known about young children's helping behavior, but little is known about the underlying motivations and emotions involved. In 2 studies we found that 2-year-old children showed positive emotions of similar magnitude-as measured by changes in their postural elevation using depth sensor imaging technology-after they achieved a goal for themselves and after they helped another person achieve her goal. Conversely, children's posture decreased in elevation when their actions did not result in a positive outcome. These results suggest that for young children, working for themselves and helping others are similarly rewarding. (PsycINFO Database Record
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1037/dev0000173
Publication InfoHepach, R; Vaish, A; & Tomasello, Michael (2017). The fulfillment of others' needs elevates children's body posture. Dev Psychol, 53(1). pp. 100-113. 10.1037/dev0000173. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/13633.
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James F. Bonk Professor
Major research interests in processes of social cognition, social learning, cooperation, and communication from developmental, comparative, and cultural perspectives. Current theoretical focus on processes of shared intentionality. Empirical research mainly with human children from 1 to 4 years of age and great apes.