Title

Use of trait labels in making psychological inferences: a replication.

Poster Number

27

Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

Trait labels are those concepts we create about people which influence our judgments of them. The study investigated 24 4-year-olds' ability to use these trait labels to make inferences about mental states. For example, if a child is given the information that a character is either "shy" or "not shy"--would that character want a lot of people or no people around. The study used the labels "mean" and "nice" in addition to "shy" or "not shy" to make mental state inferences. The results suggest that children as young as four can use trait labels to make non-obvious inferences.

Location

DeRosa University Center

Start Date

1-5-2001 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2001 5:00 PM

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Use of trait labels in making psychological inferences: a replication.

DeRosa University Center

Trait labels are those concepts we create about people which influence our judgments of them. The study investigated 24 4-year-olds' ability to use these trait labels to make inferences about mental states. For example, if a child is given the information that a character is either "shy" or "not shy"--would that character want a lot of people or no people around. The study used the labels "mean" and "nice" in addition to "shy" or "not shy" to make mental state inferences. The results suggest that children as young as four can use trait labels to make non-obvious inferences.