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Puppet experiment suggests humans are born to be fair

September 02, 2012
"We were very surprised to find sophisticated sharing behaviour already present in three-year-olds”
- Patricia Kanngiesser University of Bristol

A psychological experiment using a simple game revealed that, by the age of just three, children choose to reward their peers based on merit. The children gave the puppet more stickers if it had "worked harder" - gathering more coins.

Patricia Kanngiesser from the University of Bristol led the study, which was published in the journal PLoS One. She said she was amazed by the result.

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