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Insides and outsides: investigating preschoolers' understanding of biological and environmental aspects of essentialism with novel categories

Grace, Diana; Straiton, Melissa; Hewett-Reeves, Willow; Platow, Michael

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Extensive evidence of essentialist thinking in children emphasises cognitive processes with little attention paid to social contexts. The experimental study reported in this paper follows a recent trend in social psychology of integrating theories of essentialism and social categorisation by investigating four-year-olds' (n = 64) responses to novel social stimuli. Biological and environmental/social aspects of essentialism were both manipulated and measured to investigate how contextual changes...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-02
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/14401
Source: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood

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