Birth Weight Affects Social Trust, Danish Study Shows
[Source: Medical News Today]
How much does your baby weigh? All new parents are familiar with that question. Perhaps their reply is more important than we realize. Birth weight affects how much trust an individual will have in other people in his adult life. Trust, in turn, is the glue that prevents society from falling apart. This phenomenon is at the center of new research from Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Aarhus BSS) at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Low birth weight is associated with low levels of social trust in adulthood, while high birth weight is associated with high levels of trust. In other words, the citizen of the future is formed in the mother’s womb. Michael Bang Petersen and Lene Aarøe, both from the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, describe the correlation in a new article entitled “Birth Weight and Social Trust in Adulthood: Evidence for Early Calibration of Social Cognition.” The article has just been published in the journal Psychological Science.
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