The fulfillment of others' needs elevates children's body posture.

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2017-01

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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

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Hepach, Robert, Amrisha Vaish and Michael Tomasello (2017). The fulfillment of others' needs elevates children's body posture. Dev Psychol, 53(1). pp. 100–113. 10.1037/dev0000173 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/13633.

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