Allocation of resources to collaborators and free-riders in 3-year-olds.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Recent studies have shown that in situations where resources have been acquired collaboratively, children at around 3 years of age share mostly equally. We investigated 3-year-olds' sharing behavior with a collaborating partner and a free-riding partner who explicitly expressed her preference not to collaborate. Children shared more equally with the collaborating partner than with the free rider. These results suggest that young children are sensitive to the contributions made by others to a collaborative effort (and possibly their reasons for not collaborating) and distribute resources accordingly.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Melis, AP; Altrichter, K; Tomasello, M

Published Date

  • February 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 114 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 364 - 370

PubMed ID

  • 23073366

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0457

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-0965

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jecp.2012.08.006


  • eng