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The Big Book of Concepts : A Bradford Book - Gregory L. Murphy

The Big Book of Concepts

A Bradford Book

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Published: 30th January 2004
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Concepts embody our knowledge of the kinds of things there are in the world. Tying our past experiences to our present interactions with the environment, they enable us to recognize and understand new objects and events. Concepts are also relevant to understanding domains such as social situations, personality types, and even artistic styles. Yet like other phenomenologically simple cognitive processes such as walking or understanding speech, concept formation and use are maddeningly complex. Research since the 1970s and the decline of the "classical view" of concepts have greatly illuminated the psychology of concepts. But persistent theoretical disputes have sometimes obscured this progress. "The Big Book of Concepts" goes beyond those disputes to reveal the advances that have been made, focusing on the major empirical discoveries. By reviewing and evaluating research on diverse topics such as category learning, word meaning, conceptual development in infants and children, and the basic level of categorization, the book develops a much broader range of criteria than is usual for evaluating theories of concepts.

"Superb.... Murphy is one of the leading scholars in this area, and he reviews a complicated literature with honesty, clarity, and wit. This is going to be the classic text in the field for a very long time. It is one of those rare cases in which the standard back-of-the-book blurb is actually true. Anyone seriously interested in concepts and categorization - seasoned researchers, graduates and advanced undergraduates, or scholars who simply want to get a sense of the field - must read this book." - Paul Bloom, Nature"

Introductionp. 1
Typicality and the Classical View of Categoriesp. 11
Theoriesp. 41
Appendix: The Generalized Context Modelp. 65
Exemplar Effects and Theoriesp. 73
Miscellaneous Learning Topicsp. 115
Knowledge Effectsp. 141
Taxonomic Organization and the Basic Level of Conceptsp. 199
Inductionp. 243
Concepts in Infancyp. 271
Conceptual Developmentp. 317
Word Meaningp. 385
Conceptual Combinationp. 443
Anti-Summary and Conclusionsp. 477
Notesp. 499
Referencesp. 519
Name Indexp. 547
Subject Indexp. 553
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ISBN: 9780262632997
ISBN-10: 0262632993
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 30th January 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.89