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How infants and toddlers react to antisocial others.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22123953     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although adults generally prefer helpful behaviors and those who perform them, there are situations (in particular, when the target of an action is disliked) in which overt antisocial acts are seen as appropriate, and those who perform them are viewed positively. The current studies explore the developmental origins of this capacity for selective social evaluation. We find that although 5-mo-old infants uniformly prefer individuals who act positively toward others regardless of the status of the target, 8-mo-old infants selectively prefer characters who act positively toward prosocial individuals and characters who act negatively toward antisocial individuals. Additionally, young toddlers direct positive behaviors toward prosocial others and negative behaviors toward antisocial others. These findings constitute evidence that the nuanced social judgments and actions readily observable in human adults have their foundations in early developing cognitive mechanisms.
J Kiley Hamlin; Karen Wynn; Paul Bloom; Neha Mahajan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2011-11-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America     Volume:  108     ISSN:  1091-6490     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-14     Completed Date:  2012-02-01     Revised Date:  2013-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505876     Medline TA:  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19931-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4.
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MeSH Terms
Choice Behavior
Social Behavior*
Grant Support
MH 081877/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH081877/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH081877-04/MH/NIMH NIH HHS
Comment In:
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 May 29;109(22):E1426; author reply E1427   [PMID:  22538824 ]

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