Tokyo: Ever wondered why babies love and adore superheroes? It may be because they are born with a sense of justice – a concept portrayed through the heroic acts of the characters, researchers say.
The findings showed that infants, as young as six months old, who can barely talk, are capable of recognising the heroic acts of justice and thus find themselves drawn to figures who protect the weak. This also explains why kids and adults alike have a never-ending love affair with superhero stories in popular culture, the researchers said.
“In human society, selflessly protecting the powerless is considered an act of heroic justice,” added Yasuhiro Kanakogi from the Kyoto University. However, understanding these may be complex as one has to first grasp the power relationship between the actors, then understand that the hero’s actions are favourable for the victim but not for the villain, and finally, that the hero acted deliberately, Kanakogi said.