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Three- and 5-year-old children's understanding of how to dissolve a joint commitment.

dc.contributor.author Svetlova, Margarita
dc.contributor.author Kachel, Ulrike
dc.contributor.author Tomasello, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-02T22:00:38Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-02T22:00:38Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08
dc.identifier S0022-0965(18)30527-7
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0965
dc.identifier.issn 1096-0457
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/19169
dc.description.abstract When young children form a joint commitment with a partner, they understand that this agreement generates obligations. In this study, we investigated whether young children understand that joint commitments, and their associated obligations, may likewise be dissolved by agreement. The participants (3- and 5-year-olds; N = 144) formed a joint commitment with a puppet to play a collaborative game. In one condition, the puppet asked permission to break off and the children agreed; in a second condition, the puppet notified the children of his or her leaving; and in a third condition, the puppet just left abruptly. Children at both ages protested more and waited longer for the puppet's return (and said that the puppet deserved scolding and no prize at the end) when the puppet left abruptly than in the other two conditions (with "asking permission" leading to the least protest of all). Overall, 3-year-olds protested more, and waited longer for the partner's return, than 5-year-olds. Preschool children understand that the obligations of a joint commitment may be dissolved by agreement or, to a lesser degree, by notification.
dc.language eng
dc.publisher Elsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of experimental child psychology
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1016/j.jecp.2019.03.008
dc.subject Collaboration
dc.subject Cooperation
dc.subject Joint action
dc.subject Joint commitment
dc.subject Preschoolers
dc.subject Social cognition
dc.title Three- and 5-year-old children's understanding of how to dissolve a joint commitment.
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Svetlova, Margarita|0714521
dc.date.updated 2019-08-02T22:00:37Z
pubs.begin-page 34
pubs.end-page 47
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.publication-status Accepted
pubs.volume 184


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