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On the Perception of Newcomers : Toward an Evolved Psychology of Intergenerational Coalitions

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      Human coalitions frequently persist through multiple, overlapping membership generations, requiring new members to cooperate and coordinate with veteran members. Does the mind contain psychological adaptations for interacting within these intergenerational coalitions? In this paper, we examine whether the mind spontaneously treats newcomers as a motivationally privileged category. Newcomers—though capable of benefiting coalitions—may also impose considerable costs (e.g., they may free ride on other members, they may be poor at completing group tasks). In three experiments we show (1) that the mind categorizes coalition members by tenure, including newcomers; (2) that tenure categorization persists in the presence of orthogonal and salient social dimensions; and (3) that newcomers elicit a pattern of impressions consistent with their probable ancestral costs. These results provide preliminary evidence for a specialized component of human coalitional psychology: an evolved concept of newcomer.

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            Affiliations
            [1 ]Center for Evolutionary Psychology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 USA
            [2 ]Center for Evolutionary Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA USA
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            aldo@aldocimino.com,
            Journal
            Hum Nat
            Human Nature (Hawthorne, N.y.)
            Springer US (Boston )
            1045-6767
            1936-4776
            10 June 2010
            10 June 2010
            June 2010
            : 21
            : 2
            : 186-202
            2890988
            20651908
            9088
            10.1007/s12110-010-9088-y
            © The Author(s) 2010
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            © Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2010

            Sociology

            evolutionary psychology, coalitional psychology, cooperation, newcomers

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