A Framework for the Psychology of Norms

Chandra Sekhar Sripada, Stephen Stich

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCulture and Cognition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199871209
ISBN (Print)9780195310139
StatePublished - May 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Emotions
  • Moral development
  • Moral diversity
  • Moral emotions
  • Moral norms
  • Moral reasoning
  • Punishment
  • Social learning


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