Preschoolers are sensitive to free riding in a public goods game

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Preschoolers are sensitive to free riding in a public goods game. / Vogelsang, Martina; Jensen, Keith; Kirschner, Sebastian; Tennie, Claudio; Tomasello, Michael.

In: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 5, 729, 15.07.2014.

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Vogelsang, Martina ; Jensen, Keith ; Kirschner, Sebastian ; Tennie, Claudio ; Tomasello, Michael. / Preschoolers are sensitive to free riding in a public goods game. In: Frontiers in Psychology. 2014 ; Vol. 5.

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