ERIC Number: EJ1107042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Person Perception in Young Children across Two Cultures
Chen, Eva E.; Corriveau, Kathleen H.; Harris, Paul L.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v17 n3 p447-467 2016
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.
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Whites, Asians, Preschool Children, Peer Groups, Personality Traits, Inferences, Prediction, Child Behavior, Correlation, Cultural Influences, North Americans, Foreign Countries, Memory, Task Analysis, Human Body, Statistical Analysis, Recognition (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston); Taiwan