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Is Your Baby Racially Biased?

 
Is Your Baby Racially Biased?
Posted April 21st, 2014 @ 4:20am by KTRH’s Cliff Saunders

Your baby is racially biased. That’s what a new study from the University of Washington says.

Babies are sensitive to how people of the same ethnicity as the infant, versus a different ethnicity, are treated – they weren’t just interested in who was being fair or unfair,” Monica Burns, co-author of the study and a former UW Psychology undergraduate student, and currently a psychology graduate student at Harvard University, said. “It’s interesting how infants integrate information before choosing who to interact with, they’re not just choosing based on a single dimension.”

But KTRH spoke to a child care expert that says something different.

The study from the University of Washington doesn't hold a lot of water for Gloria Mansfield, who has been in child care and has trained other child care teachers for 30 years.

"They are open to playing and associating with different children with different skin colors,” Mansfield told KTRH.

But she said the study was right about one thing.

“They recognize people that are familiar to them. Those are the people they tend to go to. That would be Mom and Dad,” Mansfield explained.  “Babies at that age tend to go to familiar faces and familiar people.”

But that doesn’t mean your child has a racial bias. Those attitudes aren’t formed until children get older.

“That’s when children pick up behaviors that could go either way,” Mansfield stated.

But not when they are 15-months old, which is the age of the children this study looked at.

 

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