Data are collected at a university child development lab in a southwestern metropolitan area.
Most importantly related to our research is to better understand sociality among social mammals and social insects. We begin by examining this process in preschool children.
The study of young children is fortuitous for answering process-driven questions about group formation and group stability for several reasons:
- This is the first time that many of the children are consistently exposed to a large number of peers – the sizeable pool of eligibles can provide us with information about the selection process in the formation and evolution of groups.
- Given the relative social inexperience of this age group, we should be able to find evidence of basic and simple process components common to all social entities (e.g., communicative signals).
- There is long-term societal utility for studying children’s abilities to form and maintain relationships with their peers – this phenomena has been closely associated with academic and social competence.