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Racial Essentialism is Associated With Prejudice Towards Blacks in 5- and 6-Year-Old White Children

  title={Racial Essentialism is Associated With Prejudice Towards Blacks in 5- and 6-Year-Old White Children},
  author={Tara M Mandalaywala and Marjorie Rhodes},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
Psychological essentialism is a cognitive bias that leads people to view members of a category as sharing a deep, underlying, inherent nature that causes them to be fundamentally similar to one another in non-obvious ways. Although essentialist beliefs can be beneficial, allowing people to view the social world as stable and predictable, essentialist beliefs about social categories such as race or ethnicity are also thought to underlie the development of stereotyping and prejudice. Whereas… Expand
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