Trust and social reciprocity in adolescence – a matter of perspective-taking
Fett, A.-K.J. and Shergill, S.S. and Gromann, P.M. and Dumontheil, Iroise and Blakemore, S.-J. and Yakub, F. and Krabbendam, L. (2014) Trust and social reciprocity in adolescence – a matter of perspective-taking. Journal of Adolescence 37 (2), pp. 175-184. ISSN 0140-1971.
Changes in social behaviour from childhood to adulthood have been suggested to be driven by an increased sensitivity to others' perspectives. Yet, the link between perspective-taking and social processes, such as trust and reciprocity, has rarely been investigated during adolescence. Using two trust games with a cooperative and an unfair counterpart and an online perspective-taking task with 50 adolescents, we show that those with a higher perspective-taking tendency demonstrate greater trust towards others and higher levels of trust during cooperative interactions. Both low and high perspective-takers adapted their levels of trust in response to unfair behaviour. However, high perspective-takers reduced their trust more drastically and showed more malevolent and less benevolent tit-for-tat when they were treated unfairly by their counterpart. The findings suggest that a higher perspective-taking tendency in adolescence is associated with specific mechanisms of trust and reciprocity, as opposed to undifferentiated increases in positive social behaviour towards others.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||Social cognition, Perspective-taking, Theory of mind, Trust, Decision making|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Research Centre:||Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)|
|Date Deposited:||10 Jan 2014 13:28|
|Last Modified:||09 Dec 2016 11:17|
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