Barbara Sarnecka

You will hear the “better safe than sorry” argument—but is the impulse to notify the authorities about an unsupervised child purely about safety? “It’s not about safety,” says Barbara W. Sarnecka, a cognitive science [professor] at University of California-Irvine. “It’s about enforcing a social norm.” I think many of us could agree that, in “enforcing the social norm,” buttinski-ism plays a part. A large part. 

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