Categorization inside and outside the laboratory [electronic resource] : essays in honor of Douglas L. Medin / edited by Woo-Kyoung Ahn ... [et al.].

Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2005.
xx, 317 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.


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"This book presents the state of knowledge in the study of categorization. As the subtitle indicates, the essays were written to honor Douglas L. Medin of Northwestern University, who has had a long and distinguished career in the field of cognitive psychology, especially in the area of categorization. The purpose of the book is to explore the methodologies and theoretical perspective that Medin developed to bridge the gap between naturally created and laboratory-induced concepts. The body of the book is divided into four parts. Part I presents five chapters that explore the relationship between culture and our conceptualization of the world and inferences that people make on the basis of such conceptualization. Part II exemplifies a recent move in categorization research by examining psychologically different kinds of categories. Part III highlights the importance of interactions with category members in shaping the ways in which category information is conceptualized. Part IV covers the relations between concepts and theories. The two chapters in this section both illustrate how powerfully the theories or knowledge that people have about the world influence categorization"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2005. Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement.
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