Babies Can Follow Complex Social Situations

2nd February, 2015

[Source:  Science Daily]
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Infants can make sense of complex social situations, taking into account who knows what about whom, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

“Our findings show that 13-month-olds can make sense of social situations using their understanding about others’ minds and social evaluation skills,” says psychological scientists and study authors You-jung Choi and Yuyan Luo of the University of Missouri. “The research is innovative in that we show that infants are able to construe social situations from different participants’ perspectives.”
Graduate student You-jung Choi and senior co-author Yuyan Luo were interested in how information, or lack thereof, can affect our social interactions with others.
Imagine, for example, that a friend of yours does something bad — will you treat that person differently after finding out about the friend’s transgression? And what would happen if you never found out?
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