Study: Babies can sense who's boss

January 27, 2011 2:53:03 PM PST
Research in the journal Science suggests infants use size as a measure to predict who will prevail when two individuals have a conflict.

After studying babies' reactions to videos of interactions between cartoon figures of various sizes, scientists say the reactions suggest people are either born with or develop at a very early age some understanding about social dominance and how it relates to comparative size.

Researchers say learning this is crucial to getting along in the social world humans create together.

It may also show it's possible evolution has pre-programmed us in ways to help us discover the kinds of social relationships that surround us.