Psychological Science Agenda

A publication of the Science Directorate
May 2005 |Vol. 19, No. 5

SCIENCE BRIEFS

Essentialism in Everyday Thought

By Susan A. Gelman, PhD

Essentialism is the view that certain categories (e.g., women, racial groups, dinosaurs, original Picasso artwork) have an underlying reality or true nature that one cannot observe directly.

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