Mar
06
2006

Help me, baby!


baby2: A baby standing on a chair.

A researcher in Germany has conducted experiments showing that babies as young as 18 months old have a natural instinct to help others. The researcher performed tasks with books or clothespins in front the babies. If he accidentally dropped something, the baby would come over to pick it up. If he dropped it on purpose, the babies would not help.

According to the article:

Toddlers' endearing desire to help out actually signals fairly sophisticated brain development, and is a trait of interest to anthropologists trying to tease out the evolutionary roots of altruism and cooperation.

Now, of only they could retain that helpfulness as teenagers!

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