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Inherence heuristic versus essentialism: Issues of antecedence and cognitive mechanism

  • Vincent Y. Yzerbyt (a1) and Stéphanie Demoulin (a1)

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We argue (1) that the empirical evidence offered by the authors is insufficient to sustain their claim; (2) that, beyond methodological problems, the proposed underlying cognitive mechanism is largely speculative and that a reverse, more motivational, path is equally plausible; and (3) that the distinction and antecedence of inherence intuitions with respect to essentialist beliefs remain to be demonstrated.

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Inherence heuristic versus essentialism: Issues of antecedence and cognitive mechanism

  • Vincent Y. Yzerbyt (a1) and Stéphanie Demoulin (a1)

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