-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Some adults may want to
take a lesson from young children who've demonstrated that even at
the early age of 3, children have a sense of what's fair,
The study authors found that children shared with each other
after working together to earn a reward, even in circumstances
where it would have been easy for one child to keep all of the
prize without sharing.
In the study, prizes such as gummy bears and stickers were
placed on a board with wheels inside a transparent box. If only one
child pulled on a rope, the board would not move. Both children had
to pull together to bring the prizes to a spot where they could be
reached through openings in the box.
Sometimes there was only one opening and other times there were
two. When there was only one opening, there was an opportunity for
one child to monopolize the prizes. However, the children almost
always shared equally, according to the study published in the
February issue of the journal
"We were surprised that this rule was so strict -- that equality was so strongly preferred," study coauthor Felix Warneken of Harvard University said in a journal news release.
Some previous research has suggested that young children might
not be good at sharing, but those studies usually depended on
asking children what they would do in a hypothetical situation or
giving them only one opportunity to share with each other.
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