Locating the central core of social representations: Towards a method


  • Christian Guimelli

    1. Equipe de recherche en cognition sociale, Département de Psychologie, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III France
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A method is presented for locating the central core of social representations which is based on the study of associative relations. The procedure proposed allows estimation of the quantity of the various relations which an inductive item has with induced items produced by subjects during an association task. The procedure shows that when the inductive item is a part of the central core of social representations, the number of relations is significantly greater.