The same test was repeated with blueberries at snack time, when the children were particularly hungry. Several of the children shared food with the researchers. Andrew Meltzoff, co-director of I-LABS and Professor of Psychology, noted that the children “looked longingly at the fruit, and then they gave it away!…We think this captures a kind of baby-sized version of altruistic helping.”
In the final study, the researchers repeated the same process with one of the children’s favorite items, such as toys, sippy cups, blankets, or stuffed animals. Once again, many of the toddlers volunteered to pick up the item and give it to the researcher.
There was some variation with regard to which children were more likely to share. The researchers noted that cultural differences and sibling relationships could both influence children’s social experiences and practices.
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