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The Innate Mind Volume 2: Culture and Cognition$
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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.001.0001

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A Framework for the Psychology of Norms

A Framework for the Psychology of Norms

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(p.280) 17 A Framework for the Psychology of Norms
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The Innate Mind
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Chandra Sekhar Sripada

Stephen Stich (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.003.0017

Human social life is regulated by an extensive network of informal social rules and principles often called norms. This chapter offers an account of the psychological mechanisms and processes underlying norms that integrates findings from a number of disciplines, and can serve as a framework for future research. It begins by discussing a number of social-level and individual-level generalizations about norms that place constraints on possible accounts of norm psychology. After proposing its own model of the psychological processes by which norms are acquired and utilized, it discusses a number of open questions about the psychology of norms. These include questions about the role of social learning, emotions, and various reasoning processes in norm psychology.

Keywords:   moral norms, moral diversity, social learning, moral development, emotions, moral emotions, punishment, moral reasoning

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