The use of trait labels in making psychological inferences.

@article{Heyman1999TheUO,
  title={The use of trait labels in making psychological inferences.},
  author={Gail D. Heyman and Susan A Gelman},
  journal={Child development},
  year={1999},
  volume={70 3},
  pages={604-19}
}
Three studies investigated children's capacity to use trait labels as tools for making inferences about mental states. For example, knowledge that a story character is "nice" as opposed to "mean" could lead to predictions that the character would respond with greater negative affect upon discovering that his or her action had made someone upset. Study 1 (N = 48) examined whether participants (kindergartners, second graders, fifth graders, and adults) would make different psychological… CONTINUE READING

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