Date of Award

4-9-2018

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Behavioral Sciences

First Advisor

Karl G. D. Bailey

Abstract

This study examined the claims in the LEGO Six Bricks Booklet regarding perspective-taking outcomes related to prosocial behaviors intended to benefit another (The LEGO Foundation, 2015; Dunfield, 2014). In helping situations, trait kindness also predicts prosocial behaviors (Lefevor et al., 2017). Sixty-eight subjects were randomly assigned to one of three conditions that varied perspective-taking. We conducted one-way ANOVAs with Bonferroni-Holm post-hoc tests to compare performances on the prosocial measure in the three conditions. The results showed no significant difference between means of the prosocial behaviors in each condition. Kindness levels also demonstrated no significant difference within each experimental group. It is unclear whether the LEGO task Back to Back or our measure of prosocial behavior significantly activate the perspective-taking needed to measure prosocial outcomes. Future research needs to improve the sensitivity of the prosocial tools and measurements to better examine the effects of LEGO tasks.

Subject Area

LEGO toys; Perspective taking

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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