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.
Posted by Karen Hittle at 10:06 PM
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