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Rituals improve children's ability to delay gratification

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To be accepted into social groups, individuals must internalize and reproduce appropriate group conventions, such as rituals. The copying of such rigid and socially stipulated behavioral sequences places heavy demands on executive function. Given previous research showing that challenging executive functioning improves it, it was hypothesized that engagement in ritualistic behaviors improves children's executive functioning, in turn improving their ability to delay gratification. A 3-month ci...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1111/cdev.12762

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Oxford, SSD, Anthropology, Social & Cultural Anthropology
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Oxford, SSD, Anthropology, Social & Cultural Anthropology
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Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Child Development Journal website
Volume:
89
Issue:
2
Pages:
349-359
Publication date:
2017-02-18
Acceptance date:
2016-09-07
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EISSN:
1467-8624
ISSN:
0009-3920
Pubs id:
pubs:643795
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uri:0280e9ec-7c56-40a6-a546-31eebaac2f29
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uuid:0280e9ec-7c56-40a6-a546-31eebaac2f29
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pubs:643795
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2

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