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Having Essentialist Beliefs Predicts People’s Attitudes about Social Groups

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Is the belief that most people have strong character traits linked to higher prejudice? Yes, but the prejudice may sometimes be positive rather than negative.

The Inherence Heuristic in Explanation May Be at the Root of Several Social Psychological Phenomena

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By Erika Salomon

Everyone knows the Mona Lisa. It is, perhaps, the most iconic piece of art in the world. But why is it so famous? If you are like many people, you will begin your search for an explanation of the painting’s fame by recalling what you know about good art and about the Mona Lisa. Good art is masterful, and Leonardo da Vinci is a master. Good art fascinates and challenges us, and the Mona Lisa’s expression is a puzzle for us to unlock.