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The developmental roots of fairness: infants' reactions to equal and unequal distributions of resources.
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PMID:  21884317     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The problem of how to distribute available resources among members of a group is a central aspect of social life. Adults react negatively to inequitable distributions and several studies have reported negative reactions to inequity also in non-human primates and dogs. We report two experiments on infants' reactions to equal and unequal distributions. In two experiments, infants' looking times and manual choices provide, for the first time, converging evidence suggesting that infants aged 12 to 18 months (mean age 16 months) attend to the outcomes of distributive actions to evaluate agents' actions and to reason about agents' dispositions. The results provide support for recent theoretical proposals on the developmental roots of social evaluation skills and a sense of fairness.
Alessandra Geraci; Luca Surian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-06-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1012-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Cognitive Sciences, University of Trento, Italy  Center for Mind/Brain Studies (CIMeC), University of Trento, Italy.
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