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Edouard Machery

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306880.001.0001

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Categorization and Concept Learning

Categorization and Concept Learning

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(p.151) 6 Categorization and Concept Learning
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Doing without Concepts
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306880.003.0007

This chapter examines the empirical evidence showing that prototypes, exemplars, and theories exist and that they are used in distinct cognitive processes. It focuses on the vast psychological research on categorization and concept learning. It is established that humans have at least three processes of categorization, each of which involves a specific kind of concept, namely, prototypes, exemplars, and theories. This provides considerable empirical support for the Heterogeneity Hypothesis.

Keywords:   prototypes, exemplar, theories, Heterogeneity Hypothesis

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