Parents’ views on justice affect babies’ moral development

Children develop a sense of morality from a very young age. Developmental neuroscientists from the University of Chicago found that children from a very young age (12 to 24 months old) already developed individual perception of prosocial and antisocial behaviors that differed strongly among individuals. Parents’ sensitivity to justice was found to be a strong predictor of their perceptions. Not only did they find parents’ moral attitudes to influence their morality, their cognitive empathy was also found to be linked to babies’ willingness to share. This research point in an interesting direction for future research on willingness to give to charity.

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