Toddlers prefer those who win but not when they win by force

  title={Toddlers prefer those who win but not when they win by force},
  author={Ashley J. Thomas and Lotte Thomsen and Angela F. Lukowski and Meline Abramyan and Barbara W. Sarnecka},
  journal={Nature Human Behaviour},
Social hierarchies occur across human societies, so all humans must navigate them. Infants can detect when one individual outranks another1–3, but it is unknown whether they approach others based on their social status. This paper presents a series of seven experiments investigating whether toddlers prefer high- or low-ranking individuals. Toddlers aged 21–31 months watched a zero-sum, right-of-way conflict between two puppets, in which one puppet ‘won’ because the other yielded the way. Of the… 
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