When it Comes to Understanding Fairness, Young Children Get it

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“It’s one thing to say that those who work harder should get more,” said Felix Warneken, an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard. “But to be in that situation yourself and have to give something up to make it so, that’s something different. What we have shown is that very young children are not only sensitive to that concept, but that it guides their behavior.” Credit: Stephanie Mitchell Most parents like to believe that their children are more intelligent and insightful than the average person realizes. When it comes to concepts of fairness, they might be right, according to Harvard researchers.

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