Group- and Individual-Level Information Affects Children’s Playmate Choice

Liu Rongzhi , Gil Diesendruck, Xu Fei

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


Social relationships such as playmates and friendships are important for children’s development. But relatively little is
known about how such relationships are formed. In two studies, 5- to 6-year-old children chose their playmates in a hypothetical scenario that resembled a real-world social situation.
The findings suggested that children used both the base-rate
information about the social group and the adaptive sampling
strategy in playmate choice – they approached or avoided individuals based on the group that the individuals belonged to,
as well as their past experiences with the individuals.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2020


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