New Research: Babies can read your mind


A new study finds that babies as young as a year-and-a-half can guess what other people are thinking.

Humans are "very good at inferring other people's mental states: their emotions, their desires and, in this case, their knowledge," study author H. Clark Barrett, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, told LiveScience. "So it could play an important role in cultural transmission and social learning."

Previously scientists thought that the ability to guess what others are thinking emerged later in childhood, reports LiveScience.

Findings were published January 29 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: B.


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