Scientists after a recent study have claimed that babies even at the very little age of 15 months get touched by fairness and sharing. Some of the babies become disturbed by unequal and unfair sharing, while some babies become disturbed by the opposite. That simply means that from the very little age the difference of mentality towards fairness and unfairness starts to grow in babies. Jessica Sommerville, who was the study author, has mentioned that this mentioned mentality towards fairness and altruism develops in babies more promptly than we imagine.
The study has also showed that babies, who displayed care for equal distribution of food, also displayed interest in sharing their fav toys. Before the recent study was conducted some former studies has showed that two years old babies can relate with people and help them selflessly. The sense of fairness develops in children at the age of six or seven years, claimed those former studies.
Researchers in order to find out exactly when babies start to feel for the fairness and equality, they chose 47 babies and show them a video. In the video an adult man was seen distributing crackers and milk between two other adults. They observed babies’ reactions toward the video. There was not much difference in the intensity of reaction of most of the babies but a few babies looked much shocked seeing the unequal sharing of crackers and milk.
That was not all. The researchers also tested babies’ selflessness and mentality of sharing. They gave each of the babies two toys and asked them to choose from those toys on the basis of their choice. When the researchers wanted toys from those babies one third of babies gave them their favorite toy while another one third gave them their second choice. Rest of the babies did not share any toy.
Those babies who shared their most fav toy were also the ones who were shocked seeing the unfair sharing. Babies who shared their least fav toy were also the ones who did not liked the equal sharing. Researchers called the first group the Altruistic sharers while they called the second group the Selfish sharers.