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Babies can be mean-spirited: psychological study
The Slideshow ^ | 3/13/13 | Mike Krumboltz

Posted on 03/13/2013 6:27:14 PM PDT by EBH

Is your baby secretly plotting against you? Maybe. A study from the University of British Columbia's Centre for Infant Cognition found that babies have a bit of a mean streak when it comes to people they perceive as different.

In an experiment, babies were given a choice of snacks, either graham crackers or green beans (apparently some babies chose green beans--go figure). Researchers found that when babies study their surroundings, they show a lot of interest in people with different tastes and preferences.

The researchers conducted a puppet show for the subjects, ages 9 and 14 months. Puppet 1 "ate" the same snack that the baby chose, while Puppet 2 chose the other snack. Puppet 1 acted either friendly, indifferent, or aggressively toward Puppet 2.

Here's where it gets interesting. Researchers found that when given a choice of which puppet to play with afterward, "almost all the infants at both ages preferred the character who harmed the dissimilar puppet over the character who helped him," according to a press

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1 posted on 03/13/2013 6:27:14 PM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH

ANYONE who was ever a kid KNOWS THIS.


2 posted on 03/13/2013 6:28:56 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: EBH

What a shock, libs. We call it original sin.


3 posted on 03/13/2013 6:29:21 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: EBH

and it is ok to proudly show that “PG” your dad tattooed on your a$$


4 posted on 03/13/2013 6:30:51 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: EBH

Ok, who will be the first to post a picture of Stewie?


5 posted on 03/13/2013 6:31:24 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: EBH
Babies can be mean-spirited?? Of course. The White house showed us that.


6 posted on 03/13/2013 6:33:52 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: EBH; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition

7 posted on 03/13/2013 6:36:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EBH; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition

8 posted on 03/13/2013 6:37:04 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ReformationFan

You beat me to it. I was going to say that we call that sin nature.


9 posted on 03/13/2013 6:46:19 PM PDT by uptowngirl
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To: EBH

I say babies are just all about themselves. Nothing more, nothing less, values come with age and teaching.


10 posted on 03/13/2013 7:06:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EBH

Babies cannot be “mean spirited”. They are simply selfish/self-centered.

That’s not exactly a shock. They lack the cognitive development and training for super-ego behavior.


11 posted on 03/13/2013 7:10:11 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: svcw

Stewie beats brian badly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzKAut3sVrw


12 posted on 03/13/2013 7:13:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EBH

And then they grow up mean women!


13 posted on 03/13/2013 7:14:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Then are the exceptions:

This is Tereska, a child in a residence for disturbed children, grew up in a concentration camp. She drew a picture of "home"


14 posted on 03/13/2013 7:18:43 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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My oldest Sister is very bossy. She has always been that way.

I recently saw a picture of her with Mother and Daddy. This would have been around 1937 when she was around one and a half. They are sitting on a picnic blanket and she is on Daddy’s knee.

Sure enough, she had that bossy look even back then. I think part of it was that she was the oldest but that was before she had any siblings. It was just her nature.


15 posted on 03/13/2013 7:19:47 PM PDT by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: Revolting cat!; EBH; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono; Daffynition
It's true! Here's the proof!
16 posted on 03/13/2013 7:22:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Making up for *both* of our disturbing images.


17 posted on 03/13/2013 7:22:46 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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18 posted on 03/13/2013 7:38:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

Thank God I don’t have nightmares. That would prompt one.


19 posted on 03/13/2013 7:53:17 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: JoeProBono

You know her?


20 posted on 03/13/2013 8:01:30 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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has anybody read the original peter pan book? not the disney adaption, but the real book. This is right up there with funding exercising shrimp, fat homsexual women, or any other studies.


21 posted on 03/13/2013 8:12:29 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: EBH

We are born with a soul and it is unique and expresses itself in every one of us from the moment of conception. Scientists can’t see it so they won’t acknowledge it exists, but they are talking about it as “hard wired preferences.” That is funny to me.


22 posted on 03/13/2013 10:10:33 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Wanderer99
'Mean spirited', I believe refers a feeling state: controlled by the limbic center, the earlier, less developed reptilian part of the brain than the cortex, where thinking occurs.

Cognitive development involve the neocortex.

Not sure that is applicable here.

23 posted on 03/14/2013 8:26:08 AM PDT by doberville
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To: bigheadfred
ANYONE who was ever a kid KNOWS THIS.

Exactly. How many adults come up to you and throw up in your face or tinkle all over your best shirt? All the time with that sweet "innocent" look about them??

Babies are evil.
EVIL I tell ya !!

24 posted on 03/14/2013 9:00:08 AM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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“Babies can be mean-spirited: psychological study”

Bad seed?


25 posted on 03/14/2013 11:08:50 AM PDT by Road Glide
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