Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Simeon Floyd

Sharing Among Children Across Cultures

Young children from different cultural backgrounds actively engage in sharing, and show prosocial concerns in regard to resource distribution. Cross-cultural studies have revealed cultural variability in sharing and ideas of fairness in both children and adults, but have typically focused on resource distribution outcomes, not on the social behaviours that lead to redistribution. The goal of this task is to compare sharing interactions between young children across different cultural contexts and age groups. In the study, two children are confronted with an unequal distribution of desirable items between them. Their subsequent interaction (approx. 3 to 5 minutes) is video-recorded for analysis.

Please note: This task involves working with children and researchers may need to address additional permission and ethics considerations before undertaking it.


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Schäfer, Marie & Daniel Haun. 2010. Sharing among children across cultures. In Elisabeth Norcliffe & N. J. Enfield (eds.), Field Manual Volume 13, 45-49. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
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