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Advances in Psychological Science    2018, Vol. 26 Issue (12) : 2153-2160     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.02153
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Preschoolers’ understanding of ownership rights
Zhanxing LI1,Gengfeng NIU1,Feng YU1(),Liqi ZHU2()
1. Institute of Social Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China;
2. CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of Psychology, Beijing 100101, China
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To own an object means that the owner has many informative rights to the object, such as touching, using, changing, tracking and transferring. Research revealed that 3-year-old children understand that an owner have exclusive rights to touch and use his/her own objects but others do not, but their understandings of owners’ rights to change, track and transfer property are relatively poorer. This indicates that the development of children’s representation of ownership rights may not be synchronous. Three-year- olds understand that an owner has right to entitle others to use his/her property, and actively maintain this. When someone prevents the enforcement of this right, they will protest. This demonstrates that young children are aware of second-order ownership rights. In future studies, the mechanisms underlying the dissociation among representations of different ownership rights should be explored. Besides, it is worthwhile investigating how children represent ownership rights of public property (such as buses). Different cultures may put different weight on specific ownership right, which calls for more cross-cultural studies.

Keywords ownership right      tripartite account of ownership right      multi-dimensional account of ownership right      second-order entitlements     
ZTFLH:  B844  
Corresponding Authors: Feng YU,Liqi ZHU     E-mail: yufengx@xjtu.edu.cn;zhulq@psych.ac.cn
Issue Date: 30 October 2018
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Zhanxing LI,Gengfeng NIU,Feng YU, et al. Preschoolers’ understanding of ownership rights[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2018, 26(12): 2153-2160.
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