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Prosocial Influence and Opportunistic Conformity in Adolescents and Young Adults

Chierchia, G; Pi-Sunyer, BP; Blakemore, S-J; (2020) Prosocial Influence and Opportunistic Conformity in Adolescents and Young Adults. Psychological Science 10.1177/0956797620957625. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Adolescence is associated with heightened social influence, especially from peers. This can lead to detrimental decision-making in domains such as risky behavior but may also raise opportunities for prosocial behavior. We used an incentivized charitable-donations task to investigate how people revise decisions after learning about the donations of others and how this is affected by age (N = 220; age range = 11-35 years). Our results showed that the probability of social influence decreased with age within this age range. In addition, whereas previous research has suggested that adults are more likely to conform to the behavior of selfish others than to the behavior of prosocial others, here we observed no evidence of such an asymmetry in midadolescents. We discuss possible interpretations of these findings in relation to the social context of the task, the perceived value of money, and social decision-making across development.

Type: Article
Title: Prosocial Influence and Opportunistic Conformity in Adolescents and Young Adults
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0956797620957625
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0956797620957625
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: adolescent development, conformity, cooperation, open data, open materials, prosocial decisions, social influences
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116016
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