Skip to comments.Babies Just 15 Months Old Show Racial Bias When Picking Playmates
Posted on 04/16/2014 7:29:51 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals.
They also take account of how fairly others behave.
Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed.
Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally.
Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly.
But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the fair researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports.
And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as in-group bias when people favour those with the same characteristics as oneself.
The University of Washington team first noticed the phenomenon when the infants began playing favourites with the researchers during a previous experiment.
Professor Jessica Sommerville said: 'At the time, about half of the research assistants in my lab were Asian-American and the other half were Caucasian, and most of the babies in our experiments are Caucasian.
'We know that by preschool, children show in-group bias concerning race, but results in infants have been mixed.
'It's surprising to see these pro-social traits of valuing fairness so early on, but at the same time, we're also seeing that babies have self-motivated concerns too.'
The study revealed when it came to picking a playmate, the babies seemed more tolerant of unfairness when the white recipient benefited from it.
They picked the fair experimenter less often when the unfair experimenter gave more toys to the white recipient rather than the Asian one.
The researchers say this implies that babies can take into account both race and social history when deciding which person would make a better playmate.
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Humans are tribal? Who knew?
Already posted today at 4:03 PM in Extended News
I can’t understand how they reached any conclusion other than that the toddlers preferred the researcher who gave them the most toys. That’s how it reads to me, anyway.
Wouldn't it be simpler to just knock off the research?
Does the Black babies hate the White babies at birth?
Pray America wakes up
it’s sickening that they even did such an experiment.
sadly, we all know why they did it.
Well, I guess I grew up in far different times. Raised in my pre-school and early grade school years in lily white Westchester County, NY. This is circa early mid 1950’s.
I never even knew black people existed until my family moved to Culpepper, VA in 1961. Coming home from school on the first day a group of black kids asked if I wanted to play basketball. Indeed I joined in. Some concerned white folk called my grandmother to tell her and I was severely scolded and chastised when I got home.
Born racist I was/s
The babies prefer the person that prefer them..gee
FINALLY, AFTER SO MANY FAILED TRIALS...
A HANDFUL OF TEST SUBJECTS FIT THE HYPOTHESIS, AND THEY HAVE POOPY DIAPERS!
CALL THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA... IT’S A CERTAINTY!
(PS it is getting hot in here, no? Call Al Gore!)
(My kids don’t give a rat’s ass whether their playmates are white or black... They are TRUE Southerners and TRUE Americans and TRUE Jews. They really don’t care, and they don’t believe any one of their playmates deserves special treatment. Friends to those who need friends, loyal to those who show loyalty, and dangerous to liars and thieves.)
You're clearly too steeped in white privilege to see clearly. The obvious conclusion is racist white baby.
And sickening that on the flip side, they excoriate and disallow real scientific researchers, because the answers might not align with their already-drawn conclusions.
So, do racists get treated the same as homos, if they are just born that way?
is this racial or is it survival instinct?
Well, I guess I grew up in far different times. Raised in my pre-school and early grade school years in lily white Westchester County, NY
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Mine was mostly ‘White’ Orange and Dutchess County. Both places I am ‘recalling’ had a NYC reform school nearby where most of the locals worked.
I really ‘forgot’ I had a Black HS classmate until I saw him in a team baseball and basketball picture.
When going into boot camp in San Diego in 1956 I ‘befriended’ a Spanish kid from LA (maybe had 1 Black) and my Boot Instructors tried to ‘warn’ me of my choice of friends. I really had NO idea what they were talking about.
When we got ‘settled’ in HE was chosen as one of the ‘squad leaders’......