Natural forces as agents: reconceptualizing the animate-inanimate distinction.

Abstract

Research spanning multiple domains of psychology has demonstrated preferential processing of animate as compared to inanimate entities--a pattern that is commonly explained as due to evolutionarily adaptive behavior. Forces of nature represent a class of entities that are semantically inanimate but which behave as if they are animate in that they possess… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2014.11.021

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