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Psychology in the Pub: Young children's ideas about right and wrong and punishment

13 December 2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This event is free and open to everyone. No registration required.
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Children are culture-sponges, absorbing and reproducing the actions they see others perform.

But why do they copy others' actions even when the reasons for those actions are not clear?

How do they know what's right and wrong, and what attitude do they take when other individuals do the wrong thing?

What is normativity and why do humans hold opinions that they find hard to justify?

This event will feature a talk by Dr Ben Kenward, Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University and Guest Researcher at Uppsala University, Sweden, followed by Q&A.

Dr Kenward will present the results of experimental studies conducted with Swedish preschoolers and children from the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, which indicate that from an early age, children accept as normal what they see others do, and are willing to punish those who do the wrong thing, although there are limits to what young children will copy.

This event is free and open to everyone.

There is no need to book so please just turn up on the night.

The Woodman
New Canal Street
B5 5LG

Please note this event takes place upstairs in the function room.

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