“How do biology and social experience shape children’s ability to work with others?”
Everyday functioning relies on the ability to successfully work together with each other. Something as simple as buying groceries relies on the cooperation of many individuals (e.g., farmers, grocers, cashiers, etc.). In addition to being an important part of our everyday lives, cooperation plays an important role in children’s social and cognitive development. ELLA’s Cooperation study began when participating families had infants 9 months of age. Now, our oldest participants are 10 years old and have already participated in the eighth data collection wave! This study has involved more than 600 NZ families and examines how biological and experiential factors shape the development of this important skill. This work has been funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund and a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship awarded to A. Henderson.