Psychology: Perceiving Life
Why do we anthropomorphize?
Anthropomorphism is a psychological process that often starts with animism.
Psychologists have shown that animistic perceptions are automatic and show up in very early infancy. The studies with infants track their eye movements and stares. Infants stare longer at objects that move purposefully.
Scholl, B. J., & Tremoulet, P. D. (2000). Perceptual causality and animacy. Trends in cognitive science, 4, 200-309.
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