Mean babies are everywhere, even lying inside the crib next to your bedroom, if you believe the latest research conducted by University of British Columbia's Centre for Infant Cognition.
Here’s the long and short of it. In the study, babies were given the option to eat graham crackers or vegetables. Then, once the choice was made, the researchers put on a puppet show for the infants.
In the show, there were two puppets. With puppet one, this puppet ate whatever snack the baby elected to eat. For puppet 2, this puppet ate the other snack.
Now here’s where things get a bit intriguing. In the study, puppet one is asked to act friendly, aggressive or indifferent to puppet two.
So how do these mean babies interpret this wild puppet show? Well, it turns out that babies who witnessed puppet one act aggressive or unfriendly to puppet two was the winner in their eyes.
Meaning, that’s the puppet the babies in this research study chose to play with more often than not.
Do you feel that this is an adequate study to determine if a baby is mean or not? Or is there a better study or metric that can be used? Sound off on the issue below.