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The development of sharing behavior as a function of age and social environments

Professor Liqi Zhu

Tuesday, February 07, 2017, 01:00pm - 02:30pm

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Beijing, China

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In this talk, I will present our study on the development of Chinese children's (from 3 years old to 18 years old) sharing behavior, and a comparison between Chinese and German children, ages from 8- to 18-years-olds. In these studies, we used two classical economic games, the Dictator (DG) and Ultimatum Game (UG). Age effect and cultural effect will be described and discussed.

In addition, the previous one-child policy in China makes it a special context to study the sharing behavior of only children. There is great concern in the society that only children maybe more self-centered because of being spoiled. In a longitudinal study conducted in rural China, we found no striking difference between only and non-only children’s sharing behavior, indicating that a higher need for friendship and social networking may counterbalance the only children’s self-centered tendency.

Professor Liqi Zhu