In an ideal world, people would outgrow whining along with the terrible twos and Pull-Ups, but we all know that’s simply not the case. Who would have guessed, though, that whining little kids could tell a kindred spirit at such a tender age
That’s the word out of Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthopology, where Robert Hepack, MRes and his team tested children’s sympathies to see if they would attempt to help all adults who showed distress or only those where distress was justified.
For the experiment, two adults met with each child and engaged in various situations in which one of the adults would display distress by frowning, whimpering or pouting. Their distress was in response to specific incidents of apparent physical harm, material loss or unfairness. In each case, the child witnessed the adult either experiencing something that should cause distress or reacting to something that occurred in a similar context but was much less serious. Children who witnessed the adult being upset due to a real harm or injustice showed concern for him, intervened on his behalf and checked on him when he later expressed distress out of their view.
So, don’t be deceived by the pacifier and saggy diaper, folks; these kids know what’s what and won’t be fooled.
Full story at Newswise.
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