publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

20-month-old Infants Expect Members of a Social Group to Share Preferences

Smith, Megan Alyssa;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Previous research suggests that older children expect members of social groups to share characteristics. Here, we examined whether 20-month-old infants demonstrate similar stereotype-based reasoning by expecting members of a social group to share preferences. In Experiment 1, infants were first introduced to two arbitrary social groups that were defined by matching costumes and labels. In the next three trials, infants saw a member of one of the social groups (a Topid) choose between two foods. In the test trial, infants saw either a member of the same social group (another Topid) or a member of a different social group (a Brinko) choose the same food as the pre...
free text keywords: Psychology, infant development, prejudice, psychological reasoning, social cognition, social groups, stereotypes
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