Babies spurn antisocial behaviour

After experimenting with scenarios using hand puppets, psychology researchers found that eight-month-old babies moved a step further than simply liking puppets which performed kind acts - they also
endorsed negative behaviour directed to those puppets acting antisocially.

And, they disapproved of characters who were nice to the antisocial puppets.

Babies aged only five months uniformly preferred the characters who acted positively towards others, regardless of whether the recipient of the kindness had previously been ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

The North American researchers presented four scenarios to 100 babies using animal hand puppets. After watching the puppets behaving positively or negatively towards others, babies were then shown
puppets giving or taking away toys from the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ puppets.

When asked to choose their favourite characters, the eight-month-olds chose