Skip navigation
Skip navigation

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


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
Source: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood


There are no files associated with this item.

Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  19 May 2020/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator