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The role of cognitive abilities in children's inferences about social atypicality and peer exclusion and inclusion in intergroup contexts

Abrams, Dominic; Rutland, Adam; Palmer, Sally B.; Pelletier, Joseph; Ferrell, Jennifer M. and Lee, Samantha. 2014. The role of cognitive abilities in children's inferences about social atypicality and peer exclusion and inclusion in intergroup contexts. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32(3), pp. 233-247. ISSN 0261-510X [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Children aged 6–7 years judged a loyal and a partially disloyal member of a school in terms of how typical they are within the school group and their likely acceptance by peers from the same school and a different school. Second-order mental-state understanding (SOMSU) predicted whether children thought atypical members would be included differently in the two groups. Counterfactual reasoning ability, multiple classification ability, and working memory ability did not predict children's judgements of group members. Moreover, as predicted by the developmental subjective group dynamics model, only children with higher levels of SOMSU and who discerned differences in the typicality of normative and deviant ingroup members inferred that peers would differently include atypical individuals from the same and different groups.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12034

Keywords:

Second-Order Mental-State Understanding; Group Dynamics; Social Exclusion

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
September 2014Published

Item ID:

10824

Date Deposited:

29 Oct 2014 11:02

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 12:43

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10824

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