Project Overview

  • Status: Data collection complete; Coding and analyzing data

The goal of this spin-off project of MB4 is to examine individual differences in infants' early social evaluations across diverse cultural contexts. Specifically, this project aims to test the relation between infants' preferences for prosocial characters ("helpers") over antisocial characters ("hinderers") and (1) caregiver prosocial characteristics, beliefs, expectations, and socialization practices; (2) the infants' cultural context; (3) infants' everyday prosocial behaviors. We take a multi-method approach, combining experimental, observational, and survey-based measures in a large sample of infants from labs across the world.

Labs who participate in the main MB4 data collection have the option of participating in this spin-off project in two ways: (1) by administering surveys to parents and/or (2) having families participate in a naturalistic joint book reading (JRB) task.

The surveys include: Parental justice sensitivity survey; Infant Prosocial Behaviour Parent Interview (asks about parents beliefs and expectations surrounding prosocial development); Parental reflectivity scale; Individualism/ collectivism scale; and demographic surveys. The JBR task is a 10 minute, semi-structured observational task in which caregivers are given a 9-page wordless picture book: 3 pages depict prosocial interactions; 3 pages depict antisocial interactions; and 3 pages depict neutral events. Parent language and behavior is then transcribed and coded (e.g. moral-relevant talk).


MB4I Contributors

We encourage everyone who is interested in the project to contact the Project Leads (see above). Please note that access to infants/an infant lab is NOT a prerequisite.

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