Thursday, December 4, 2008

6-month-old Babies Recognize Good Samaritans

The journal Nature published an article about a Yale University study which showed that babies are adept at differentiating good people from bad people. In the study, babies watched a scenario where there was a "helper" (i.e., good samaritan) and a "hinderer" (i.e., bad person). The results were over-whelming...100% of the 6-month-old babies (and 87.5% of 10-month-old babies) were able to identify and preferred the helper, as opposed to the hinderer. It shows that even babies are socially-smart... they know good vs. bad, being nice vs. being mean, etc. Pretty amazing study, isn't it?! To read more about the study, click here and here.

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