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Publications [#322245] of Michael Tomasello

Journal Articles

  1. Hepach, R; Vaish, A; Tomasello, M, The fulfillment of others' needs elevates children's body posture., Developmental Psychology, vol. 53 no. 1 (January, 2017), pp. 100-113 [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/01/17)

    Much is known about young children's helping behavior, but little is known about the underlying motivations and emotions involved. In 2 studies we found that 2-year-old children showed positive emotions of similar magnitude-as measured by changes in their postural elevation using depth sensor imaging technology-after they achieved a goal for themselves and after they helped another person achieve her goal. Conversely, children's posture decreased in elevation when their actions did not result in a positive outcome. These results suggest that for young children, working for themselves and helping others are similarly rewarding. (PsycINFO Database Record

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