Becoming us and them: Social learning and intergroup bias

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In recent years, research has demonstrated that the basic features of prejudice
and discrimination emerge early in children’s development. These discoveries
call into question the role of social learning in intergroup bias. Specifically,
through what means do we learn to distinguish “us” from “them”? Here we
explore this question, focusing on three key issues: how children respond to
biased information they receive from others, how children selectively seek out
certain types of biased information, and how children communicate biased
information to others. We close by discussing the implications of this research
for interventions to reduce stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12384
Number of pages13
JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018

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