It is said that the human brain may be wired to be more understanding of the underdog and this is the case even among infants, a recent study has found.
During a game with infants, a Japanese research team discovered that 16 of 20 infants opted for the yellow square rather than the bouncy aggressive blue ball which bumped the square many times and then smashed it.
AdvertisementTwenty other infants looked at the objects moving independently without touching, and nine of them went after the square, the study found.
The experiments show that even in infants where cognitive abilities are just developing, there is a manner in which they respond to aggression with a preference for the victim. It is startling to note how they prefer the victim and avoid the aggressor, even at such a tender age.