Priming third-party ostracism increases affiliative imitation in children.

  title={Priming third-party ostracism increases affiliative imitation in children.},
  author={Harriet Over and Malinda Carpenter},
  journal={Developmental science},
  volume={12 3},
Human beings are intensely social creatures and, as such, devote significant time and energy to creating and maintaining affiliative bonds with group members. Nevertheless, social relations sometimes collapse and individuals experience exclusion from the group. Fortunately for adults, they are able to use behavioral strategies such as mimicry to reduce their social exclusion. Here we test whether children, too, increase their imitation following an experience of ostracism. Given humans… CONTINUE READING

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