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Magali A. Mari

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Ongoing research

Determining the role of group membership in the development of social essentialism.

This project focuses on social essentialism, i.e., thinking that some social categories are fundamentally different from one another, that they are essentially distinct kinds of people. The project’s objective is to determine the origins of social essentialism by assessing the extent to which belonging to a group and one’s group status promote essentialist biases among children between 5 and 10 years old. 

Unravelling the effects of implicit stereotypes on visual attention.

This study aims at investigating whether people show a visual attentional bias towards gender counter-stereotypical images, and at determining the extent to which visual attentional bias is related to a person’s explicit and implicit attitudes towards gender. 

Past research

The underlying mechanisms of stereotype acquisition in children.

This project was funded by the SNSF (Doc.Mobility fellowship). The goal of the project was to  determine how and when children learn to predict the properties of social category members based on labels, repetitive pairings or both.

Study pre-registration available at: https://osf.io/gnbyp

Research material, collected data, and analyses script available at: https://osf.io/567rw/ 

The impact of social cognition on linguistic processing.

The objective of this study was to understand how linguitic processes such as presupposition accomodation is affected by contextual information that confirms or violates stereotypical expectations.

Research material, collected data, and analyses scripts available at: https://osf.io/b8h5q/

Published article available at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2023.1088861