ANTHROPOMORPHISM

n. the attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman entities for example, animals, deities, plants, and objects. Although this cannot be empirically proven, it remains an aspect of popular culture - as reflected in imagination. 2. in comparative psychology the tendency of humans to interpret non-human animal behavior in terms of human feelings, behaviors, and emotions. See also Lloyd Morgan's canon. Compare zoomorphism.

ANTHROPOMORPHISM: "A person concerned with anthromorphism may consider his or her cat to be excited, grateful, or happy to receive food."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANTHROPOMORPHISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/anthropomorphism/ (accessed December 9, 2019).
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