Babies do a lot more than make a mess at the dinner table

Katherine Kinzler, NY Times


New research suggests that even 1-year-old babies understand that people’s food preferences depend on their social or cultural group.

For most parents of 1-year-old children, mealtime is a mess!  Food is on the table, rubbed in their child’s hair, thrown to the dog, and maybe a little bit has made it into their child’s mouth.  Despite this seemingly chaotic scene, new research suggests babies are actually paying keen attention to what people around them eat and using this to make social judgments.  To find out more, read this article in the NY Times written by co-author of the study, Dr. Katherine Kinzler.