Tokyo, April 6: Your baby adore superheroes may be because they are born with sense of justice – a concept portrayed through the heroic acts of the characters, researchers say.
The findings showed that infants have the capability to recognize the heroic acts of justice and find themselves drawn to figures that protect the weak.
“Six-month-old infants are still in an early developmental stage and most will not yet be able to talk. Nevertheless they can already understand the power dynamics between different characters, suggesting that recognising heroism is perhaps an innate ability,” said David Butler from Kyoto University in Japan.
Study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, experiments were done on infants were they were shown animations of one geometric character chasing and bumping into another, as a third character watches from a distance.
In one version, this third party character intervenes, and in another, it escapes in another direction.
Afterwards when the infants were shown both of these real life replicas, they were inclined more towards the intervener, the researchers said.
“In human society, selflessly protecting the powerless is considered an act of heroic justice,” added Yasuhiro Kanakogi from the Kyoto University.
However, to understand that the hero’s actions are favourable or not it may be difficult for baby, Kanakogi said.