White babies show racial bias, says researchers

| April 15, 2014

Whoa! We wonder where folks are going with this one. You might have to interpret what’s going on for yourself. Hmmmm…..

White babies just 15 months old show racial bias when picking playmates, study found

Researchers found infants favoured playmates showing bias to their race

Study by Frontiers in Psychology distributed toys to 40 white babies

Infants showed preference for supervisor who divided toys unequally

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals.

They also take account of how fairly others behave.

Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed.

Researchers found white babies favoured supervisors who showed bias towards others of their raceResearchers found white babies favoured supervisors who showed bias towards others of their race

Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally.

Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly.

 

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But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports.

And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as in-group bias when people favour those with the same characteristics as oneself.

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The infants were handed toys by two researchers – one who handed them out fairly and one who did not

The University of Washington team first noticed the phenomenon when the infants began playing favourites with the researchers during a previous experiment.

Professor Jessica Sommerville said: ‘At the time, about half of the research assistants in my lab were Asian-American and the other half were Caucasian, and most of the babies in our experiments are Caucasian.

‘We know that by preschool, children show in-group bias concerning race, but results in infants have been mixed.

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