Not Noble Savages After All: Limits to Early Altruism

  title={Not Noble Savages After All: Limits to Early Altruism},
  author={K. Wynn and P. Bloom and A. Jordan and Julia Marshall and M. Sheskin},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={3 - 8}
  • K. Wynn, P. Bloom, +2 authors M. Sheskin
  • Published 2018
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
  • Many scholars draw on evidence from evolutionary biology, behavioral economics, and infant research to argue that humans are “noble savages,” endowed with indiscriminate kindness. We believe this is mistaken. While there is evidence for an early-emerging moral sense—even infants recognize and favor instances of fairness and kindness among third parties—altruistic behaviors are selective from the start. Babies and young children favor people who have been kind to them in the past and favor… CONTINUE READING
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