An evolutionary threat-management approach to prejudices

Steven Neuberg, Mark Schaller

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The article provides an overview of key insights that have emerged from an evolutionary approach to the psychology of prejudice. Within this framework, prejudices and related phenomena are viewed as products of adaptations designed by natural selection to manage fitness-relevant threats and opportunities faced by ancestral populations. This framework has generated many novel, nuanced, and empirically supported predictions regarding (1) the specific contents of prejudices, (2) the specific categories of people who are likely to elicit these prejudices, and (3) the specific contexts within which these prejudices are either more, or less, likely to be evoked.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016


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