Understanding Prosocial Development from a Domains-of-Socialization Perspective. Joan E. Grusec University of Toronto VAN DER GAAG SYMPOSIUM June 24, 2014 Homo Empathicus : Dissecting the Warm Glow of prosocial behavior. What is socialization?.
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Understanding Prosocial Development from a Domains-of-Socialization Perspective
Joan E. Grusec
University of Toronto
VAN DER GAAG SYMPOSIUM June 24, 2014
Homo Empathicus: Dissecting the Warm Glow of prosocial behavior
- the nature of the parent-child relationship differs in different domains
- different parenting behaviors are required depending on domain
- different mechanisms operate in each domain
- the outcomes are different in different domains
There was this fight between my two close friends (one was Muslim, the other was Hindu). They both started accusing the other of doing crimes because of her religion. Both came and talked to me about this. I was very confused and upset because I trusted both of them and although it seemed like a bad thing that they were saying, I couldn’t help believing some of it. I came to my mother and father and talked to them about it. They both told me that I shouldn’t take sides for there was wrong in what both my friends were doing, but I had to stick with them and talk this out. They told me that religion shouldn’t come between friendship in such bad ways and that it was also wrong to accuse someone because of their religion. Afterwards my parents arranged for both my friends and their parents and us to meet together and we talked it out. (Memory from age 14 years)
Percent of narratives with evidence of meaningful
processing, cognitive processing, and fear of
How are different motivations connected to different sorts of prosocial behavior?
How are motivations contingent on historical events?
What does this tell us about the evolutionary origins of prosociality?