Social Preference in Preschoolers: Effects of Morphological Self-Similarity and Familiarity

Nadja Richter, Bernard Tiddeman, Daniel B. M. Haun

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Abstract

Adults prefer to interact with others that are similar to themselves. Even slight facial self-resemblance can elicit trust towards strangers. Here we investigate if preschoolers at the age of 5 years already use facial self-resemblance when they make social judgments about others. We found that, in the absence of any additional knowledge about prospective peers, children preferred those who look subtly like themselves over complete strangers. Thus, subtle morphological similarities trigger social preferences well before adulthood.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0145443
JournalPLoS One
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 04 Jan 2016

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