Babies figure out "good" and "bad" early on

By ParentsCanada staff on October 01, 2012
If you’ve ever wondered whether your child’s good or bad behaviour is more nature than nurture, you’ll want to tune in to the CBC documentary Babies: Born to Be Good?. Narrated by David Suzuki, this documentary examines the latest early childhood development research and finds that babies are not blank slates; they are born with a moral compass and a sense of justice and fairness that can be seen in babies as young as three months old. New experiments have enabled psychologists to learn that babies prefer “good guys” over “bad guys” and that they can distinguish the “in” crowd from the “out” crowd. These discoveries are teaching us about the complexity of a baby’s mind and revolutionizing our understanding of how we think about human nature.

Babies: Born to Be Good? airs on CBC Television on Thursday, October 25 at 8 p.m. EST

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, October 2012.

By ParentsCanada staff| October 01, 2012

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