Toddlers Prefer Winners—But Avoid Those Who Win By Force
[Source: Medical News Today]
They have only just learned to walk and talk—and have only just started to develop social relationships with children of their own age. Yet, these tiny toddlers already use cues of social status to decide which people they prefer or would rather avoid. This has just been established by researchers from Aarhus BSS and the University of California, Irvine, through experiments carried out on toddlers aged 21 to 31 months.
Previous research has shown that even nine-month-old infants can grasp a simple conflict of interest. When two individuals block each other’s path, the infants will automatically assume that the largest person will defeat the smallest. Lotte Thomsen, a professor of psychology at the University of Oslo and associate professor at Aarhus BSS, and her colleagues established this.
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