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Is the inherence heuristic needed to understand system-justifying tendencies among children?

  • Anna-Kaisa Newheiser (a1) and Kristina R. Olson (a1)

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Evidence that children's system-justifying preferences track the extent of group-based status differences is consistent with the inherence heuristic account. However, evidence that children are inferring inherence per se, or that such inferences are the cause of system-justifying preferences, is missing. We note that, until direct evidence of the inherence heuristic is available, alternative models should not be ignored.

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Is the inherence heuristic needed to understand system-justifying tendencies among children?

  • Anna-Kaisa Newheiser (a1) and Kristina R. Olson (a1)

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