New Study Looks at Emotional Eavesdropping in Toddlers

Watch how you act around toddlers.

A new study shows they watch adults emotions intently, and can change their own behavior based on what other people are doing.

In experiments in which 18-month-old children watched as other people were scolded for playing with a toy, researchers at the University of Washington noted something they call emotional eavesdropping.

After seeing others get in trouble for playing with the toy, the toddlers then hesitated to play with the toy, too.


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