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Babies show sense of fairness, altruism as early as 15 months

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“Our findings show that these norms of fairness and altruism are more rapidly acquired than we thought,” said Jessica Sommerville, a University of Washington associate professor of psychology who led the study.

“These results also show a connection between fairness and altruism in infants, such that babies who were more sensitive to the fair distribution of food were also more likely to share their preferred toy,” she said.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

October 9, 2011 at 2:30 am

Posted in Altruism, Fairness

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