Spendthrift or Tightwad? –A New Article on a Living Lab Study

One of our recent studies was featured on Michigan News!

This work by Dr. Craig Smith and Margaret Echelbarger examined children’s emotions about spending and how that correlates with their spending behavior. In fact they found “Kids on the spendthrift end were more likely to buy and tightwad kids were more likely to save…” “Parents independently provided data on their child’s reactions to spending and saving, and these verified the accuracy of the child’s self-reports.” Read more of the article for more of the study’s results.

Congratulations Kendall Sidnam!

The Living Lab wouldn’t be able to continue its mission without the dedication and bright minds of our undergraduate research assistants. Many of the friendly faces you meet at the Living Lab are undergraduates who are passionate about research. Some of them go above and beyond and will present their research at events like the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Symposium.

This year, Kendall Sidnam, won first prize for her phenomenal poster (one that also utilized data from the Living Lab). We are incredibly proud and grateful for her continued hard work and dedication!

Research Spotlight: Children’s Early Ideas about Race

One of our researchers has had a few news articles posted about his latest research.

His work often looks at how children perceive, understand, and develop ideas about race. In this study, what children thought about race over time was tested. Children were shown a picture of a child and two pictures of adults and were asked “When this child grows up, which grown-up will it be?”. Children ages 4 to 6 were just as likely to choose an adult with the same emotion (an unstable characteristic) as an adult of the same race (a stable characteristic). This shows that many young children do not have strong ideas about race and may not see it as constant over time. The same is not true for older children, adults, or minority children ages 4 to 6. These differences not only show developmental differences, but also how different social experiences lead to an earlier grasp on race as a stable characteristic.