The purpose of this 5-minute study is to understand whether adults use information (1) about social group membership (such as race or gender), (2) about personality (as conveyed through facial expression and physiognomy), or (3) both when making judgments about whether another person is nice or mean. In this study specifically, we are interested in people's automatic responses in using these types of information.
This particular project is part of a larger program of research looking at the developmental trajectory of character inferences across social groups. That is, the research is asking whether children and adults focus on the same type of information (be it about social group membership or individual personality) when forming judgments of another person. Ultimately, this research will help us understand how and when we divide the world into “us” and “them”.
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