Yale Study Explores: What Would Children Do?

A new Yale University study highlights some interesting findings about children's choices. Graduate student Arber Tasimi conducted the study with Yale psychologist Karen Wynn. Tasimi describes the study as "the deal with the devil." The two designed an experiment that asked children: When given the choice between a smaller and a larger offering, which do children and babies choose? They also added a "good guy"/"bad guy" element. Their findings showed babies as young as 12 months will take a smaller offering from a so-called good guy than a larger one from a "wrongdoer." However, when a group of 5 and 8 year olds were introduced to characters described as "mean" or "nice", most kids initially rejected the "mean" person, even when they were offered more stickers. The scale tipped though, when the "mean" person offered them much more than the "nice" one. Tasimi said when he explains the research, people often call the children "sellouts." However, Tasimi himself says it shows "even early on, we're willing to pay personal costs to avoid wrongdoers in favor of do-gooders." You can read more here.

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