Surprise Boxes!

Geraldine Brown
Friday 6 August 2021

Name of Study: Surprise Boxes! Promoting Sharing in Children

Length: 10 minutes.

Reimbursement for taking part: £5 

Devices: Laptops, Desktop Computers and Tablets.

This study is currently recruiting participants from 3-5 years of age, please click the link below to take part

If you have any questions please email Chloe,

The Science

The purpose of this study is to investigate whether children are more likely to share with another child after listening to a story in which the main character does vs. does not stop to think about the needs and feelings of another child before sharing with that child. Previous research has investigated the benefits of using similar “story-telling” methods as a means of increasing perspective taking and prosocial behaviours; however only limited research has previously used this type of method to target sharing behaviours specifically. This research could lead to a greater understanding of how to increase sharing behaviours (and potentially perspective taking and empathy) in young children.

What happens in this study?

Children will be asked to watch a story about two children and complete a brief task of determining who gets to open a set of 6 surprise boxes.

It will take about approximately 10 minutes.

How to take part

If you’d like to take part, please click on the link below

If you have any questions, please contact the researcher, Chloe, at

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