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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Video: Babies Express Sympathy Before They Can Talk
12 June 2013 5:00 pm
Babies don't need to be able to talk to express sympathy. When scientists showed 10-month-old infants the video above, three-quarters of them reached out for the yellow cube at the end. That's the one that gets "beaten up" by the blue ball in this geometric stand-in for a human fight. When the roles were reversed and the yellow cube was the attacker, the babies reached out for the blue ball instead. To see if the infants were merely afraid of the bully—and thus choosing the other shape simply because it seemed safer—the team introduced a cylinder into the video; the kids still reached for the object that got "hurt," the researchers report online today in PLOS ONE, suggesting that our concern for other people begins before we can express it in words. Feeling sorry for the victim, the team reports, is the beginning of fully developed sympathy for others that will show later in childhood.
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