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Can babies tell good from bad?

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 20, 2012 08:39 AM

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Can babies tell good from bad?

Using puppets, researchers at Yale University's baby lab modeled a good behavior and a bad behavior and then watched to see which puppet a 5-month old baby would reach for at the end. Most babies reached for the puppet that exhibited good behavior.

Researchers also repeated the experiment with babies as young as 3 months old and found that the babies, though they couldn't yet reach, kept their eyes on the good guy for longer.

Do you think babies can tell good from bad?

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