Social categories are shaped by social experience

Sandra R Waxman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A new study by Rhodes and colleagues offers insight into the development of social essentialism - the belief that members of social categories share essential properties (e.g., attitudes, psychological capacities). The challenge now is to consider these issues in children raised in the more diverse social environments that constitute the range of human experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-532
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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