- Babies who give their food to others even when they are hungry may be showing signs of selflessness and concern for others, a study has discovered
- The study was conducted on 100 babies who gave strangers their food despite being hungry
- The University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences conducted the research
A study has shown that babies who give their food to others even when they are hungry could be showing a sign of selflessness and concern for others.
According to Yahoo News, the study was conducted by the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS).
Legit.ng gathers that 100 babies of the same age were observed before their scheduled mealtime when a variety of fruits including bananas, grapes, blueberries, and strawberries were presented in front of them.
The fruits were dropped by the experimenter who unsuccessfully reached for them, and some of the babies handed them to the experimenter.
A co-director of I-LABS, Andrew Meltzoff, said the babies looked longingly at the fruit and handed them to the experimenter.
Meltzoff said: “We think this captures a kind of baby-sized version of altruistic helping.”
According to a postdoctoral researcher at I-LABS and lead author on the study, Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, altruism is important to study because it is one of the most distinctive aspects of being human.
Barragan said: “We adults help each other when we see another in need and we do this even if there is a cost to the self. So we tested the roots of this in infants.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a new mum identified as Stacey Jones said the number two will be her new lucky number after her second son was born at 2.02am on February 2 in the hospital delivery room 2 and weighing 122oz (3.4kg).
Stacey's labour with newborn Dominic was said to have lasted a total of 32 minutes.
The 34-year-old mum gave birth to her new son in the same room she delivered her first son at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, Wilts.
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