Social evaluation or simple association? Simple associations may explain moral reasoning in infants

Scarf, Damian, Imuta, Kana, Colombo, Michael and Hayne, Harlene (2012) Social evaluation or simple association? Simple associations may explain moral reasoning in infants. PLoS ONE, 7 8: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042698


Author Scarf, Damian
Imuta, Kana
Colombo, Michael
Hayne, Harlene
Title Social evaluation or simple association? Simple associations may explain moral reasoning in infants
Journal name PLoS ONE   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2012-08-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0042698
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 8
Total pages 4
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Abstract Are we born amoral or do we come into this world with a rudimentary moral compass? Hamlin and colleagues argue that at least one component of our moral system, the ability to evaluate other individuals as good or bad, is present from an early age. In their study, 6- and 10-month-old infants watched two social interactions - in one, infants observed the helper assist the climber achieve the goal of ascending a hill, while in the other, infants observed the hinderer prevent the climber from ascending the hill. When given a choice, the vast majority of infants picked the helper over the hinderer, suggesting that infants evaluated the helper as good and the hinderer as bad. Hamlin and colleagues concluded that the ability to evaluate individuals based on social interaction is innate. Here, we provide evidence that their findings reflect simple associations rather than social evaluations.
Keyword Infancy
Moral development
Social cognition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article # e42698

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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