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The Selfish to Egalitarian Transition in Young Children: Developmental Processes versus Cooperative Interactions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Mathematics, Analysis and Applied Mathematics.
2010 (English)In: Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, ISSN 1090-0578, E-ISSN 1573-6652, Vol. 14, no 3, 257-264 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is evidence that a tendency to share resources equitably among members of a social group emerges in middle childhood. It is regarded by many investigators as a central and unique feature of human social life. In this work the relative roles of developmental processes and collective effects generated by interindiviclual interactions on the selfish to egalitarian transition observed in middle childhood are analyzed. Using mathematical modeling, conditions are identified under which the transition becomes sharp and gives rise to hysteretic behavior.

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2010. Vol. 14, no 3, 257-264 p.
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selfish to egalitarian transition, mathematical modeling, cooperative behavior
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152779ISI: 000288914300003PubMedID: 20587301OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-152779DiVA: diva2:414084
Available from: 2011-05-02 Created: 2011-05-02 Last updated: 2011-05-02Bibliographically approved

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