Adult and adolescent social reciprocity: Experimental data from the Trust Game

Belli, Stefano R. and Rogers, Robert D. and Lau, Jennifer Y. F. (2012) Adult and adolescent social reciprocity: Experimental data from the Trust Game. Journal of Adolescence, 35 (5). pp. 1341-1349. ISSN 0140-1971

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Abstract

Twenty-four adults (aged 19-35) and 27 adolescents (aged 13-14) played as 'Trustee' in an iterated Trust Game against a pre-programmed set of 'Investor' moves, said to belong to an unknown co-player. Trustee behaviour was examined first in response to normative Investor cooperation, and then in response to a period of social rupture caused by reduced investments. Adolescents were motivated by inequity aversion during normative Investor cooperation, whereas adults over-compensated the Investor. Participants were also identified as coaxers or non-coaxers based on how they responded to social rupture: 'coaxers' were individuals who made at least one relatively generous return to the Investor during this phase. A single coaxing move predicted consistently higher returns to Investors across both normative and reduced investments. Adults showed greater polarisation between coaxing and non-coaxing strategies than did adolescents. These data suggest that adults and adolescents may respond differently to periods of possible social rupture.

Keywords:social reciprocity, Economic Games, interpersonal, peers
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:18847
Deposited On:25 Sep 2015 11:10

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