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5/21/10: The Moral Life of Babies

New research at the Infant Cognition Center at Yale University is showing glimmers of moral thought and judgment in babies as young as six months old.

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Salt Lake City, Utah – When do humans develop a sense of right and wrong? Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget and others argued that we begin life as amoral beings, that babies must be taught morality. But new research suggests that even infants have a simple idea of what's naughty, what's nice and what's fair. On Friday, Yale psychologist Paul Bloom joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the moral life of babies.

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  • Infant Cognition Lab at Yale University
  • Read Paul Bloom's article in the New York Times here

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