How Do Children Derive Happiness From Past Experiences? Developmental, Experimental, and Longitudinal Evidence

Lan Chaplin , University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Tina Lowrey, HEC Paris, France
Ayalla Ruvio, Michigan State University, USA
L. J. Shrum , HEC Paris, France
Kathleen Vohs , University of Minnesota, USA
Across six studies with over 400 children and adolescents ages 3-17, we show that children ages 3-12 derive more happiness from material objects than from experiences. This pattern reverses by ages 16-17. We show that memory and theory of mind are necessary for sufficient comprehension of experiences, which facilitates enjoyment.
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Lan Chaplin , Tina Lowrey, Ayalla Ruvio, L. J. Shrum , and Kathleen Vohs (2016) ,"How Do Children Derive Happiness From Past Experiences? Developmental, Experimental, and Longitudinal Evidence", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 44, eds. Page Moreau and Stefano Puntoni, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 133-138.