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The inherence heuristic: A basis for psychological essentialism?

  • Susan A. Gelman (a1) and Meredith Meyer (a2)


Cimpian & Salomon (C&S) provide evidence that psychological essentialism rests on a domain-general attention to inherent causes. We suggest that the inherence heuristic may itself be undergirded by a more foundational cognitive bias, namely, a realist assumption about environmental regularities. In contrast, when considering specific representations, people may be more likely to activate attention to non-inherent, contingent, and historical links.



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The inherence heuristic: A basis for psychological essentialism?

  • Susan A. Gelman (a1) and Meredith Meyer (a2)


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