Young infants expect an unfamiliar adult to comfort a crying baby: Evidence from a standard violation-of-expectation task and a novel infant-triggered-video task

Young infants expect an unfamiliar adult to comfort a crying baby: Evidence from a standard... •We examined whether young infants would expect an adult to comfort a crying baby.•12- and 4-mo-olds showed this expectation in a standard violation-of-expectation task.•8-mo-olds showed this expectation in a new forced-choice infant-triggered-video task.•Expectations about comforting actions are already present early in life.•Our findings constrain theoretical accounts of early prosociality and morality. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cognitive Psychology Elsevier

Young infants expect an unfamiliar adult to comfort a crying baby: Evidence from a standard violation-of-expectation task and a novel infant-triggered-video task

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Publisher
Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc.
ISSN
0010-0285
eISSN
1095-5623
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.cogpsych.2017.12.004
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Abstract

•We examined whether young infants would expect an adult to comfort a crying baby.•12- and 4-mo-olds showed this expectation in a standard violation-of-expectation task.•8-mo-olds showed this expectation in a new forced-choice infant-triggered-video task.•Expectations about comforting actions are already present early in life.•Our findings constrain theoretical accounts of early prosociality and morality.

Journal

Cognitive PsychologyElsevier

Published: May 1, 2018

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