The fulfillment of others' needs elevates children's body posture.

Journal Article

Much is known about young children's helping behavior, but little is known about the underlying motivations and emotions involved. In 2 studies we found that 2-year-old children showed positive emotions of similar magnitude-as measured by changes in their postural elevation using depth sensor imaging technology-after they achieved a goal for themselves and after they helped another person achieve her goal. Conversely, children's posture decreased in elevation when their actions did not result in a positive outcome. These results suggest that for young children, working for themselves and helping others are similarly rewarding. (PsycINFO Database Record

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hepach, R; Vaish, A; Tomasello, M

Published Date

  • January 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 100 - 113

PubMed ID

  • 28026192

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-0599

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1649

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/dev0000173

Language

  • eng