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Preferring the Mighty to the Meek: Toddlers Prefer Novel Dominant Agents

@inproceedings{Thomas2016PreferringTM,
  title={Preferring the Mighty to the Meek: Toddlers Prefer Novel Dominant Agents},
  author={Ashley J. Thomas and Meline Abramyan and Angela F. Lukowski and Lotte Thomsen and Barbara W. Sarnecka},
  year={2016}
}
Every human society includes social hierarchies-- relationships between individuals and groups of unequal rank or status. Recent research has shown that even preverbal infants represent hierarchical relationships, expecting larger agents and agents from larger groups to win dominance contests. However, to successfully navigate social hierarchies, infants must also integrate information about social rank into their own behavior, such as when deciding which individuals to approach and which to… 
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