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Children Are Better Sharers When Given a Tough Decision, Not a Reward

Rodrigo Mejia

A new study out of Cornell University revealed that children are more likely to adopt sharing behaviors when confronted with a complex choice, rather than when rewarded for handing over a toy or tool to another child. That's because "perceiving themselves as people who like to share makes them more likely to act in a prosocial manner in the future." Likewise, being rewarded for sharing reinforces that they are poor sharers, only exercising that behavior for sweet rewards.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I think it's so true that kids should be rewarded less, especially when it's just for being kind or doing well on a homework assignment. Yes, we should congratulate for achievement and acknowledge for good behavior, but rewards are ineffective and breed greediness.