Department of Psychology
Arizona State University
Discriminating affiliations, textured prejudices, and other implications of the human affordance management system
Friday, March 27, 2009
Engineering Building 110, 4:00 PM
The human psyche was designed by natural selection to manage the threats and opportunities afforded by the physical and social ecologies inhabited by early humans and their ancestors. I focus here on threats and opportunities created by highly interdependent sociality, and present findings showing how the need to manage these threats and opportunities shapes affiliative preferences, creates highly textured forms of within-group stigma and intergroup prejudice, and functionally orchestrates the cognitive processing of complex social environments.
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