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dc.contributor.authorChalik, Lisa
dc.contributor.authorRhodes, Marjorie
dc.identifier.citationRhodes, M., & Chalik, L. (2013). Social categories as markers of intrinsic interpersonal obligations. Psychological Science, 24, 999-1006.en_US
dc.descriptionScholarly research articleen_US
dc.description.abstractSocial categorization is an early-developing feature of human social cognition, yet the role that social categories play in how children understand and predict human behavior has been unclear. These studies test whether a foundational functional role of social categories is to mark people as intrinsically obligated (e.g., to protect, not to harm) to one another. In three studies, children (ages 3-9, N = 124) viewed only within-category harm as violating intrinsic obligations; in contrast, they viewed between-category harm as violating extrinsic obligations defined by explicit rules. These data indicate that children view social categories as marking patterns of intrinsic interpersonal obligations, suggesting that a key function of social categories is to support inferences about how people will relate to members of their own and other groups.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAcknowledgements Funding was provided by NSF grant BCS-1226942 to Rhodes. We thank the New York City Department of Education, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and the preschools that participated in this research; Noey Neumark, Kelli Grobe, Dhaya Ramarajan, and Kimberly Kowalski for assistance with data collection; Dr. Katherine Kinzler for the audio files for Study 2; Drs. Gregory Murphy, Kristina Olson, Joshua Knobe for helpful feedback on a previous draft; and Karl Edwards for study illustrations.en_US
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPsychological Science;24(6)
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectSocial categorizationen_US
dc.subjectCognitive developmenten_US
dc.subjectIntuitive theoriesen_US
dc.titleSocial categories as markers of intrinsic interpersonal obligations.en_US
dc.title.alternativeCategories and obligationsen_US

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