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Concepts and Conceptual Development : Ecological and Intellectual Factors in Categorization - Ulric Neisser

Concepts and Conceptual Development

Ecological and Intellectual Factors in Categorization

By: Ulric Neisser (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th July 1989
ISBN: 9780521378758
Number Of Pages: 328

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Categories straddle the boundary between the mind and the world: they are socially developed mental representations, but they must fit the properties of real objects in the real environment if they are to be useful. Concepts and Conceptual Development reflects the view that a full understanding of categorization must take all these constraints into account. Everyday terms and categories depend not only on the implicit theories that people have about the world (their 'idealised cognitive models'), but also on the objective properties of particular objects and the perceptible similarities among these objects. An understanding of these multiple relationships can reshape studies of concepts and conceptual development. Concepts and Conceptual Development draws together theorists from a wide range of theoretical orientations to consider many different aspects of 'the psychology of concepts'.

List of contributors
Introduction: the ecological and intellectual bases of categorisation
From direct perception to conceptual structure
Category cohesiveness, theories and cognitive archaeology
Cognitive models and prototype theory
The instability of graded structure: implications for the nature of concepts
Decentralised control of categorisation: the role of prior processing episodes
Conceptual development and category structure
Child-basic object categories and early lexical developmen
Scripts and categories: interrelationships in development
How children constrain the possible meanings of words
The role of theories in a theory of concepts
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ISBN: 9780521378758
ISBN-10: 0521378753
Series: Emory Symposia in Cognition
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 17th July 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.48