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Rich and Co.

“…Parents’ attitudes toward justice influence their babies’ neural responses to morally charged situations”

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strong individual differences in the perception of prosocial and antisocial behaviors are present in children as young as 12 to 24 months old—and that these differences are predicted by their parents’ sensitivity to justice.

Moreover, parental cognitive empathy is linked to babies’ willingness to share.

These findings add to a growing body of knowledge demonstrating that children are able to distinguish between prosocial and antisocial behavior from a very early age.

The study also suggests that by one or two years of age, some children perceive the difference between prosocial and antisocial behavior more strongly than others.

Importantly, these neural differences also predicted infants’ behavior—the children who reached toward the prosocial character toy also exhibited the greatest neural differentiation between prosocial and antisocial behavior when watching the character animations.

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Written by Rich and Co.

September 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

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