Milano-Bicocca: unveiling the origins of social exclusion sensitivity

The findings of a new study conducted by the Bicocca Child&Baby Lab have been published in the international scientific journal Child Development.
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The experience of being ignored in the presence of others, commonly known as ostracism, is a phenomenon that occurs throughout our lives in various contexts and at different ages. It has a negative impact on fundamental psychological needs and induces physiological and behavioral changes in adults.

A new study titled "You can't play with us: First-person ostracism affects infants' behavioral reactivity," conducted at the Bicocca Child&Baby Lab at the University of Milano-Bicocca, and recently published in the international scientific journal Child Development, has revealed that even infants as young as 13 months old are sensitive to ostracism and react differently when included or excluded in social situations.

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