5-year olds likely to 'play nice' with peers who are helpful to other kids

Washington, Aug 08 (ANI): Five-to-six-year olds are more likely to offer help to children whom they had seen being helpful to another child, a new study has revealed.

The researchers observed kindergarteners' day-to-day behaviour and found that bystanders in a playground are more likely to be kind to peers after observing them interacting with other children in positive ways.

The study suggested that children establish a sense of their peers' 'reputation' early in life.

Children were more likely to behave in pro-social ways when they observed their peers doing so. Observing another child's pro-social behavior also evoked positive emotions towards that child in bystanders.

Though being 'nice' isn't always reciprocated by the recipient, it increases an individual's chances of being helped by others in the network.

The results of this study demonstrate children's behavioral tendency toward such social indirect reciprocity, and suggest that this may be mediated by the increase in positive emotions when a child was seen performing a pro-social action.

The study is published in journal PLOS ONE. (ANI)


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