Mean Babies: New Study Proves That Babies Are Mean-Spirited
So what if babies are cute and cuddly. A new social study proves that no matter how adorable they may be on the outside, they’re really mean on the inside. Seriously.
Psychological scientist and University of British Columbia Professor Kiley Hamlin conducted two recent studies which prove that babies have a mean streak and even want people who they consider as different from themselves to be harmed.
The psychological study tested 112 infants and revealed that almost all of them embraced those who pick on individuals who don’t share their preferences. It also showed that babies are constantly assessing their surroundings to determine who are their friends and foes.
CTV News explained how the study worked:
During the study, babies aged nine to 14 months chose a food they preferred to eat, either graham crackers or green beans.
The youngsters were then shown a puppet show where the character demonstrated the same food preference as the baby. Another puppet demonstrated the opposite preference.
The puppets harmed, helped or acted neutrally towards the puppets with different or similar food preferences.
Results showed that the babies far preferred the puppets who harmed the puppet with the opposite food preferences to their own. One baby even planted a kiss on the puppet she liked.
Want more proof? Here are videos of the experiment.
In conclusion, Hamlin found that babies feel pleasure when someone they disliked or consider threatening experienced harm.
This study may also explain why adults have social biases and preferences toward people that they view as similar to themselves. However, disliking people that you perceive as different can also lead to mistreatment of others.
“The fact that infants show these social biases before they can even speak suggests that the biases aren’t solely the result of experiencing a divided social world, but are based in part on basic aspects of human social evaluation,” said Hamlin.
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