Journal article

The essence of essentialism?

Nick Haslam

BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014

Abstract

As an account of the cognitive processes that support psychological essentialism, the inherence heuristic clarifies the basis of individual differences in essentialist thinking, and how they are associated with prejudice. It also illuminates the contextual variability of social essentialism, and where its conceptual boundaries should be drawn.