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2011-01-31 07:40:53

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Your baby may be trying to figure out who's the boss. A new study reveals infants understand social dominance and use relative size to predict who will prevail when two individuals have conflicting goals. Lead author Lotte Thomsen, of Harvard and the University of Copenhagen, and colleagues at UCLA studied the reactions of infants ranging from 8 to 16 months of age as they watched videos of interactions between cartoon characters of different sizes. "Since preverbal...

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2011-01-27 14:10:00

We may be born with some grasp of social hierarchy and how it relates to physical size Psychologists at Harvard University have found that infants less than one year old understand social dominance and use relative size to predict who will prevail when two individuals' goals conflict. The finding is presented this week in the journal Science. Lead author Lotte Thomsen says the work suggests we may be born with -- or develop at a very early age -- some understanding of social dominance and how...