A few weeks ago the Asahi News on-line reported the following:
A person wants to teach his partner the knowledge which the latter did not know. It was turned out by a research of the
that a 1
year-old child already had such a feeling. It was said
that while guessing whether his partner knew something, the baby would spontaneously
teach that knowledge after judging that the partner did not know it. Kyushu
Mr. Moukeni (26) and others in the
second year master's course were doing the experiment. First, together with a
baby aged 1 year to 1½ years old they played with "a yellow toy", then they left the
seat. It was in a situation that Mr. Moukeni and others were not present that this
time kept the baby played with "a red toy". Then they returned to the baby
again when both the yellow and red toys were put at the back which was not
visible by Mr. Moukeni and others. They tried to see what kind of action the baby
would take. Kyushu University
Experiments involving toy changing were done on 32 babies in 64 times in total; it was said that 66% percentage had pointed "a red toy" etc. to partners who did not know about it.
Associate Professor Hashiwataru Kazuhide of the same university said “clearly the baby first guesses whether the partners know something and then teach them. It seems that a baby not only learns, but also has the capability to teach from the early stage of development". The paper that summarized this experimental result was carried by the
science journal “PLOS ONE” published on the 11th (September). U.S.
It is an interesting scientific finding.