Home Health Parents News Now Babies Understand Each Other's Emotions at 5 Months Old Babies Understand Each Other's Emotions at 5 Months Old By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 15, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_70548490 30406 The takeaway for parents is that babies are very much aware of emotion, said Ross Flom, as associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University and the co-author of the new study -- the first to study "peer matching" ability with children this young. The research was published in the journal "Infancy." "It highlights the fact that babies are really sensitive to our communicative intent," Flom told TODAY Moms. "They can really understand how we're saying something, so if you're talking to a young infant, they might not understand exactly what you're saying but they would certainly understand how it's being conveyed." Researchers weren't too terribly surprised at the results. Studies have shown babies can match emotions in adults at 7 months of age and younger. But there has been little research so far looking into infants' perception of the emotional expressions of other infants. Forty babies took part in the study: half were 3.5 months old, and the other 5 months old. Image: Babies looking at each other, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Babies Understand Each Other's Emotions at 5 Months Old Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.