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One path to balance and order in social psychology: An evolutionary perspective

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 June 2004

Douglas T. Kenrick*
Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ85287-1104
Jon K. Maner*
Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL32306-1270


Consideration of the adaptive problems faced by our ancestors suggests functional reasons why people exhibit some biases in social judgment more than others. We present a taxonomy consisting of six domains of central social challenges. Each is associated with somewhat different motivations, and consequently different decision-rules. These decision-rules, in turn, make some biases inherently more likely to emerge than others.

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