Babies Know Good People When They See Them

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  1. Principessa

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    My aunt Louise always said, "If a dog don't like you and a kid don't like you, I don't want nothing to do with you."


    Babies gravitate toward good Samaritans, study says
    By Tom A. PeterWed Dec 12, 3:00 AM ET

    Six- and 10-month-old babies are much more capable judges of character than previously thought. Not only can infants pick out a good Samaritan, they tend to identify with them, according to a Yale University study published in the journal Nature.

    The study released last month presented babies with a diorama-like display of an anthropomorphic circle struggling to make it up a hill. Just when it appeared that all hope was lost, a heroic triangle appeared, and pushed the circle to the top. The round climber bounces, clearly elated to have reached the summit. The same scenario is played out again, only this time a square appears at the top of the hill and pushes the circle to the bottom.

    The babies were then asked to pick a toy – the helper or the hinderer, as scientists called them. One hundred percent of 6-month-olds and 87.5 percent of 10-month-olds chose the helper. The results were consistent even when the triangle and the square swapped places as good guy and bad guy. In several other iterations of the experiment, the helper, regardless of shape or color, won out.

    "Babies are very competent socially," says Kiley Hamlin, lead author of the study. "They can figure this kind of stuff out without people explicitly teaching what's nice and not nice and who's nice and who's not nice.

    In another component of the study, researchers showed the circle choosing to sit with the helper or the hinderer. In this instance they found that 10-month-old babies were far more adept at noticing something seemed strange when the circle decided to sit with the hinderer. (They figured this out by how long the baby watched the helper or hinderer pair up with the circle, working under the assumption that babies, like adults, study something that appears out of the ordinary.)

    While other research has shown that babies make assessments about people based on their physical appearance – they gravitate toward attractive people – these new findings show more complex levels of judgment.


    "In any species that needs to cooperate as much as humans do … we always need to know who might be a good cooperator and who might not," says Ms. Hamlin.
     
  2. IntoxicatingToxin

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    Yeah, that's always been speculated as being true, just like your aunt said. :smile: I guess I ran into a lot of good people when my son was a baby, cuz he never cried when people held him. lol
     
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    I doubt that. Bad people can be as innocent looking as your next door neibour. If babies posses these characteristics then why do they not have them as a young child? They don't just disappear.
     
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    Actually they do! It's like how kids learn languages easier the younger they are when they start. If you wait until high school learning a foreign language can be quite daunting and difficult.
     
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    She's right, you know - areas of the brain hardwire to certain tasks as we grow and develop past certain milestones (like puberty in the case of the language centre(s)). It is interesting that the 6month old subjects had a higher 'score' on identifying the helper than the 10month old subjects - shows that this seeming automatic good judgement starts to be superceded by other social factors (I assume) quite quickly.
     
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    I think our intuitions fade because we are taught to trust in knowledge and other things that are supposed to make sense, when the truth is I think God (because I believe in God) gives us those intuitions as a way for our protection and a way in which to hear Him speak to us...I don't believe people "hear" God audibly. We are taught as we get older to not rely on this but rather to rely on our education. How many times have you not listened to that gut feeling and wished you had? It's there for a reason, and people would do better to acknowledge it.
     
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    I know exactly what you mean... I've paid quite a personal price for ignoring my conscience.
     
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    This is so true. We are born with good instincts. And then they get conditioned out of us by the process of socialisation.
     
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    babies love me and dogs hate me. so what would aunt Louise say about that?
     
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    "bigduder is just ok"
     
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    (hated by dogs, loved by babies)
     
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    How do babies feel if they know that you don't like them (for which I truly don't)?
     
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    They get cranky, fidgety, and fussy.:rolleyes:
     
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    cranky
    fidgety
    fussy
    cry
    cry baby
    cry

    yeah did you ever notice they cry more around you ?

    anyway lucky for me I still have that intuition about people not liking me if I would just rember to trust it ...
     
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    This would explain why flowers wilt, dogs wail and the sky becomes gloomy every time my mother-in-law approaches.
     
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    Believe it or not, they don't cry around me. They just stare and stare and stare...
     
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    Wow! That's even worse than I thought.

    So either
    they are so distrustful of you that they won't let you out of their sight
    or
    they are really curious trying to figure out why on earth you don't like them when you otherwise seem like such a nice guy

    or maybe it's both or maybe i'm wrong (because not all babies think the same way I do lol)
     
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    Actually, it doesn't seem to matter in my case - babies gravitate toward me despite the fact that I don't like them! :eek: Maybe it's because I'm just a nice person, despite not liking babies (I don't like the noise/crying, mainly...)

    Dogs, cats, and other animals gravitate toward me too. People found it amusing when animals such as llamas and camels gravitated toward me! (llamas at a county fair, camels at a zoo).
     
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