Children’s Biased Preference for Information About In and Out-Groups

Meytal Nasie, Ohad Ben Yaakov, Yara Nassir, Gil Diesendruck

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Children’s intergroup attitudes arguably reflect different construals of in and out-groups, whereby the former are viewed as composed of unique individuals and the latter of homogeneous members. In three studies, we investigated the scope of information (individual vs. category) Jewish-Israeli 5 and 8-yearolds prefer to receive about “real” in-group (“Jews”) and out-group members (“Arabs” and “Scots”) (Study 1, N = 64); the scope of information Jewish and Arab Israeli 8-year-olds prefer to receive about minimal in and out-groups (Study 2, N = 64); and how providing such information affects children’s intergroup attitudes (Study 3, N = 96). The main findings were that (a) 8-year-olds requested category information more about out-groups than in-groups, and vice-versa regarding individual information— for both, “real” and minimal groups, and (b) providing individual information about a “conflict” outgroup reduced attitudinal biases. These findings highlight children’s differential construal of in and outgroups and suggest ways for remedying biases toward out-groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-509
Number of pages17
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was conducted partially with the support of MOFET Institute and a Grant from the Israel Science Foundation (1022/20) to Meytal Nasie and Gil Diesendruck. We thank Eli Schwell for his assistance in data collection for Study 2 and Anat Levi for her assistance in data collection for Study 3. The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this article.

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© 2021 American Psychological Association


  • Development
  • Informational preferences
  • Intergroup bias
  • Social cognition


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