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Thinking of me: Self-focus reduces sharing and helping in seven- to eight-year-olds

Weltzien, Sandra; Marsh, Lauren E.; Hood, Bruce

Authors

Sandra Weltzien

Bruce Hood



Contributors

Jordy Kaufman
Editor

Abstract

By 7-to 8-years of age, most children readily adhere to prosocial norms aimed at benefiting others through giving up time and effort (helping) or resources (sharing). Two studies explored whether sharing and helping by 7-to 8-year olds (N = 180) could be influenced by priming children’s attention on themselves or their friends through a semi-structured interview. Results revealed that self-priming led to reductions in both sharing and helping compared to friendship-priming or a control condition. These findings are considered as indicative of the fragile state of prosocial behaviours at this age that can be easily shifted towards more selfish biases by simple priming.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 10, 2018
Journal PLOS ONE
Publisher Public Library of Science
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Article Number e0189752
APA6 Citation Weltzien, S., Marsh, L. E., & Hood, B. (2018). Thinking of me: Self-focus reduces sharing and helping in seven- to eight-year-olds. PLoS ONE, 13(1), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189752
DOI https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189752
Publisher URL https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0189752

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