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  Young children want to see others get the help they need

Hepach, R., Vaish, A., Grossmann, T., & Tomasello, M. (2016). Young children want to see others get the help they need. Child Development, 87(6), 1703-1714. doi:10.1111/cdev.12633.

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Hepach, Robert1, Author
Vaish, Amrisha2, Author
Grossmann, T.2, Author           
Tomasello, Michael1, Author
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1Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, ou_persistent22              
2Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: Children's instrumental helping has sometimes been interpreted as a desire to complete action sequences or to restore the physical order of things. Two‐year‐old children (n = 51) selectively retrieved for an adult the object he needed rather than one he did not (but which equally served to restore the previous order of things), and those with greater internal arousal (i.e., pupil dilation) were faster to help. In a second experiment (n = 64), children's arousal increased when they witnessed an adult respond inappropriately to another adult's need. This was not the case in a nonsocial control condition. These findings suggest that children's helping is not aimed at restoring the order of things but rather at seeing another person's need fulfilled.

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 Dates: 2015-08-072016-11-07
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12633
PMID: 28262942
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Title: Child Development
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Publ. Info: Blackwell Publishing Limited
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 87 (6) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1703 - 1714 Identifier: ISSN: 0009-3920
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925390257