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Person Perception in Young Children Across Two Cultures

Authors Chen, Eva E. View this author's profile
Corriveau, Kathleen H.
Harris, Paul L.
Issue Date 2016
Source Journal of Cognition and Development , v. 17, (3), May 2016, p. 447-467
Summary To adult humans, the task of forming an impression of another social being seems effortless and even obligatory. In 2 experiments, we offer the first systematic cross-cultural examination of impression formation in European American and East Asian preschool children. Children across both cultures easily inferred basic personality traits, such as nice and mean, about unfamiliar peers from behavioral information, whether or not they were specifically prompted to do so. Children were able to identify peers they had seen before, to remember the traits associated with these peers, and to anticipate future behaviors consistent with the traits they had attributed. Thus, for basic traits, the ability to make behavior-to-behavior predictions, via an intervening trait inference, is present in young children across diverse cultures.
ISSN 1524-8372
Language English
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