What's fair? How children assign reward to members of teams with differing causal structures

  1. Hannah Gordon
  2. Anne Schlottmann

Date created: | Last Updated:


Creating DOI. Please wait...

Create DOI

Category: Project

Description: How do children reward individual members of a team that has just won or lost a game? We know that from pre-school age, children consider agents' performance when allocating reward. Here we assess whether children can go further and appreciate performance in context: The same pattern of performance can contribute to a team outcome in different ways, depending on the underlying rule framework. Two experiments, with three age groups (4/5-year-olds, 6/7-year-olds, and adults), varied performance of team members, with the same performance patterns considered under three different game rules for winning or losing. These three rules created distinct underlying causal structures (additive, conjunctive, disjunctive), for how individual performance affected the overall team outcome. Even the youngest children differentiated between different game rules in their reward allocations. Rather than only rewarding individual performance, or whether the team won/lost, children were sensitive to the team structure and how players' performance contributed to the win/loss under each of the three game rules. Not only do young children consider it fair to allocate resources based on merit, but they are also sensitive to the causal structure of the situation which dictates how individual contributions combine to determine the team outcome.

License: CC0 1.0 Universal


What's fair Repository with data, materials, figures, and analysis scripts for the paper "What's fair? How children assign reward to members of teams with differing causal structures" (Koskuba, Gerstenberg, Gordon, Lagnado, Schlottmann). If you have any questions, please contact tger@mit.edu. Data data_aggregate.csv: Data in aggregate form for each participant. data_raw.csv: Raw data (with lege...


Loading files...



Recent Activity

Loading logs...

OSF does not support the use of Internet Explorer. For optimal performance, please switch to another browser.
This website relies on cookies to help provide a better user experience. By clicking Accept or continuing to use the site, you agree. For more information, see our Privacy Policy and information on cookie use.

Start managing your projects on the OSF today.

Free and easy to use, the Open Science Framework supports the entire research lifecycle: planning, execution, reporting, archiving, and discovery.