I think rather than saying children are born with an innate sense of knowing “right”, I prefer saying they have a sense of knowing “good”.
First of all, in the study, we should define the term “right”. From the article, it seems that the “right” means helpful, positive and being nice. I would argue that prefer other people who shows helpful and positive is an instinct of animal. Animal can tell the goodwill and hostility, and it helps them to survive by staying close to friends and keeping away from enemies. It is their intuition. I think it’s probably the same reason for babies to show preference to a “nice” puppy.
Another reason is, from my personal experience, babies don’t share. Sharing is “right”, but from my knowledge, children will just go and get whatever they want and it’s absolutely a trained knowledge to learn how to share with others.
Posted Nov 26, 2012