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  Young children mostly keep, and expect others to keep, their promises

Kanngiesser, P., Köymen, B., & Tomasello, M. (2017). Young children mostly keep, and expect others to keep, their promises. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 140-158. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2017.02.004.

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Kanngiesser, Patricia1, Author              
Köymen, Bahar1, Author              
Tomasello, Michael1, Author              
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1Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society, ou_1497671              

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Free keywords: Commitments, Obligations, Promises, Prosocial, Social norms, Speech acts
 Abstract: Promises are speech acts that create an obligation to do the promised action. In three studies, we investigated whether 3- and 5-year-olds (N = 278) understand the normative implications of promising in prosocial interactions. In Study 1, children helped a partner who promised to share stickers. When the partner failed to uphold the promise, 3- and 5-year-olds protested and referred to promise norms. In Study 2, when children in this same age range were asked to promise to continue a cleaning task—and they agreed—they persisted longer on the task and mentioned their obligation more frequently than without such a promise. They also persisted longer after a promise than after a cleaning reminder (Study 3). In prosocial interactions, thus, young children feel a normative obligation to keep their promises and expect others to keep their promises as well.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-07
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.02.004
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Title: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
  Alternative Title : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 159 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 140 - 158 Identifier: ISBN: 0022-0965