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Children's Intrinsic Motivation to Provide Help Themselves After Accidentally Harming Others.

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Hepach, R; Vaish, A; Tomasello, M
Published in: Child development
July 2017

Little is known about the flexibility of children's prosocial motivation. Here, 2- and 3-year-old children's (n = 128) internal arousal, as measured via changes in pupil dilation, was increased after they accidentally harmed a victim but were unable to repair the harm. If they were able to repair (or if they themselves did not cause the harm and the help was provided by someone else) their arousal subsided. This suggests that children are especially motivated to help those whom they have harmed, perhaps out of a sense of guilt and a desire to reconcile with them. Young children care not only about the well-being of others but also about the relationship they have with those who depend on their help.

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Child development

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EISSN

1467-8624

ISSN

0009-3920

Publication Date

July 2017

Volume

88

Issue

4

Start / End Page

1251 / 1264

Related Subject Headings

  • Motivation
  • Male
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Humans
  • Helping Behavior
  • Guilt
  • Female
  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Child Behavior
 

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Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2017). Children's Intrinsic Motivation to Provide Help Themselves After Accidentally Harming Others. Child Development, 88(4), 1251–1264. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12646
Hepach, Robert, Amrisha Vaish, and Michael Tomasello. “Children's Intrinsic Motivation to Provide Help Themselves After Accidentally Harming Others.Child Development 88, no. 4 (July 2017): 1251–64. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12646.
Hepach R, Vaish A, Tomasello M. Children's Intrinsic Motivation to Provide Help Themselves After Accidentally Harming Others. Child development. 2017 Jul;88(4):1251–64.
Hepach, Robert, et al. “Children's Intrinsic Motivation to Provide Help Themselves After Accidentally Harming Others.Child Development, vol. 88, no. 4, July 2017, pp. 1251–64. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.12646.
Hepach R, Vaish A, Tomasello M. Children's Intrinsic Motivation to Provide Help Themselves After Accidentally Harming Others. Child development. 2017 Jul;88(4):1251–1264.
Journal cover image

Published In

Child development

DOI

EISSN

1467-8624

ISSN

0009-3920

Publication Date

July 2017

Volume

88

Issue

4

Start / End Page

1251 / 1264

Related Subject Headings

  • Motivation
  • Male
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Humans
  • Helping Behavior
  • Guilt
  • Female
  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Child Behavior