Developmental Seminar Series - Zoe Liberman

Date: 
March 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Speaker: Zoe Liberman, UC Santa Barbara

Title: The origins of social categorization in infancy

Abstract: Social categorization has profound influences on human social life. How does the human tendency to form social groups emerge? And, what counts as evidence that infants are forming social categories? In this talk, I will review research on social preferences and social expectations in infancy and will argue that starting by the first year of life infants are able to form conceptually-rich social categories. Specifically: social categories guide infants’ inferences about peoples’ shared characteristics and social relationships. However, I will also suggest that the ability to form abstract social categories can be separable from the eventual negative downstream consequences of social categorization, including prejudice and discrimination. Whereas a tendency to form social categories appears early in ontogeny, social prejudice based on a particular category dimension may not be inevitable.
Location: 
SSM 217
Name: 
Rose Scott
Address: 
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343
United States
Address: 
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343
United States
Psychology Chair
Linda Cameron, Professor
 
Psychology Graduate Group Chair
Jan Wallander, Professor
 
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Merced, CA 95343

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