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ESTRADA, Claudia; OYARZUN, Miriam y YZERBYT, Vincent. Implicit Theories and Psychological Essentialism: Conceptual Tools for the Study of the Relations Between and Within the Groups. Psykhe [online]. 2007, vol.16, n.1, pp. 111-121. ISSN 0718-2228. doi: 10.4067/S0718-22282007000100009.
In social psychology, the implicit theories are a recent field of study. Nevertheless, in the last decades, they have been revealed as a promissory area of investigation for the understanding of group's phenomena. The present paper gives attention to the implicit theories that concern the nature of human groups and, in particular psychological essentialism. Essentialism is the belief that an underlying essence lies at the root of every social category. Our revision of some recent investigations indicates that the essentialism is an interesting variable to consider because it has impact in all phenomena that are vulnerable to social perception such as the in-group deviation and the social projection.
Palabras clave : social psychology; essentialism; implicit theories; inter-group relations; intra-group relations.