Study shows sharing behavior among young children may be related to their counting skills
- April 27, 2022
- Nadia Chernyak, cog sci, Medical Xpress, April 27, 2022
Researchers at Harvard University, Boston College and the University of California, Irvine, examined children's fair sharing behavior in relation to number knowledge, working memory, and cognitive control. A new study published in Child Development showed that symbolic counting skills were the single biggest predictor of children's fair sharing behavior and that prompting children to count also improved this behavior. "This is the first research to investigate whether symbolic counting exerts a causal impact on sharing behavior," said Nadia Chernyak, assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.
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