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Ori Friedman
University of Waterloo
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We report two experiments supporting the theory that children’s understanding of ownership rights is related to their notions of body rights. Experiment 1 investigated 4- to 7-year-olds’ developing sensitivity to physical contact in their judgments about the acceptability of behaving in relation to owned objects and body parts. Experiment 2 used a simpler design to investigate this in 3- and 4-year-olds. Findings confirmed two predictions of the theory. First, in both experiments, children’s judgments about ownership and body rights were similarly affected by physical contact. Second, judgments about both kinds of rights were yoked in development; age-related changes in judgments about ownership rights were paralleled by changes in judgments about body rights. Our findings have additional import for theories of ownership rights because they suggest that physical contact may be a crucial factor in whether behaviors targeting property are judged to be permissible. 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
Keywords *Childhood Development  *Cognitive Development  *Judgment  *Ownership  *Physical Contact  Human Body
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DOI 10.1016/j.jecp.2016.10.007 ER -
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