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February 12th, 2014
04:01 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Baby Brains: What are they really thinking?

It is one of life's biggest questions: are we born knowing the difference between good and evil? A team of researchers at Yale University's Infant Cognition Center (also known as "The Baby Lab") reached a startling conclusion: babies are in fact born with an innate sense of morality.
Catch the three part series starting tonight on Anderson Cooper 360° at 8p E.T.

Watch the video quiz above and try to guess how the babies did identifying good and evil.

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  1. nativeskeptic

    The terms of what we consider to be "good" and "bad" should be clearly defined and emphasized as well. These aspects to early child development along with other neuroscience research have changed my view of babies as well. While I watched this it reminded me of studies with chimps and I remember they showed simular behavior. Which makes this conversation even more interesting when we start including other animals. However, I must stress that it is because of my strong interest in science that leads to these discoveries. Looking at things through a scientific lens usually leads to this type of profound shift to a person's worldview. Such as understanding more about evolution tends to alter a persons perspective about nature and humanity. Or take what we know about the human brain and the universe, it even informs our views of reality. There is a serious lack of excitement for science because it is so poorly understood by so many its a shame CNN no longer has a science section. But you could have just as fascinating topics every minute if there was more science based news stories.

    February 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm |
  2. g2-0087f6f563ff60b84af3e1ff88ac0d03

    I think the question needs refining. Do the babies recognize good or bad existing independently outside themselves (passive), or do they ascribe good or bad to the external behavior (active)? There's a ton of difference, though each may play a role in different situations 'as they are presented'.

    February 13, 2014 at 2:06 am |

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