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Folk conceptions of humanness: Beliefs about distinctive and core human characteristics in Australia, Italy, and China

Bain, P., Vaes, J., Kashima, Y., Haslam, N. and Guan, Y. (2012) Folk conceptions of humanness: Beliefs about distinctive and core human characteristics in Australia, Italy, and China. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43 (1). pp. 53-58.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022022111419029
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Abstract

The present research explores cultural understandings of what it means to be human. We used open-ended responses to examine whether the most culturally salient aspects of humanness are captured by two theoretical dimensions: human uniqueness (HU) and human nature (HN). Australians, Italians, and Chinese (N = 315) showed differences in the characteristics considered human and in the emphasis placed on HU and HN. These findings contribute to developing cross-cultural folk psychological models of humanness.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Copyright: © The Author(s) 2012.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6470
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