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The Construction and Validation of the Belief in Human Essentialism Scale

  • Author / Creator
    Sharp, Michael
  • Although many researchers have incorporated concepts related to the human essence in their research, there has yet been a measure to quantify the degree to which one believes that there is a human essence. In the current studies, a belief in human essentialism scale (BHES) is developed, validated, and tested for moderation effects in the relation of two studies. Study 1 utilized a series of mass-testing procedures to analyze the psychometric properties, factor structure, reliability, and validity of the BHES. Study 2 found that high levels of BHE predicted perceptions of creepiness elicited from an android. Study 3, contrary to what was hypothesized, was unable to find a moderating effect of BHE on suggested prison sentence for a perpetrator when participants read an animalistic (vs. non-animalistic) description of an aggravated assault. After postulating potential reasons for the null findings in Study 3, I provide an overall discussion of the BHES, its validity, and its potential utility.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3CZ32D08
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Schimel, Jeff (Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Masuda, Takahido (Psychology)
    • Whelton, William (Educational Psychology)
    • Passey, Jennifer (Psychology)