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Longitudinal Continuity in Understanding and Production of Giving-Related Behavior From Infancy to Childhood

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  • Joshua Juvrud
  • Marta Bakker
  • Katharina Kaduk
  • Josje M. DeValk
  • Gustaf Gredeback
  • Benjamin Kenward
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Child Development
Issue number2
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)e182-e191
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date13/08/18
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Infants have an early understanding of giving (the transfer of an item by one agent to another), but little is known about individual differences in these abilities or their developmental outcomes. Here, 9‐month‐olds (N = 59) showing clearer neural processing (Event‐related potential, ERP) of a give‐me gesture also evidenced a stronger reaction (pupil dilation) to an inappropriate response to a give‐me gesture, and at 2 years were more likely to give in response to a give‐me gesture. None of the differences in understanding and production of giving‐related behaviors were associated with other sociocognitive variables investigated: language, gaze‐following, and nongiving helping. The early developmental continuity in understanding and production of giving behavior is consistent with the great importance of giving for humans throughout the life span.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Juvrud, J. , Bakker, M. , Kaduk, K. , DeValk, J. M., Gredebäck, G. and Kenward, B. (2019), Longitudinal Continuity in Understanding and Production of Giving‐Related Behavior From Infancy to Childhood. Child Dev, 90: e182-e191. doi:10.1111/cdev.13131 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cdev.13131 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.