Is Altruism Innate?
|November 7, 2013||Posted by Staff under Activism|
Infants as young as three-months-old have innate preferences for altruistic individuals.
Infants between the ages of six and ten months watched a series of puppet shows. The infants selected their favorite puppet. Over 80 percent of the infants chose the “helpful” puppet, a surprisingly high, statistically significant percentage.
Basically every single baby chose the nice puppet… totally surreal.
Infants only three-months-old were given the same puppet show. SResearchers used eye trackers to determine the children’s preferences. The eye tracking results revealed that infants showed a clear aversion toward the “unhelpful” characters.
Babies are born with a set morality – a clear preference toward altruistic behavior. Infants as young as three-months-old can already evaluate others based on their actions, long before they are taught to do so.