Concepts and Conceptual Development: Ecological and Intellectual Factors in Categorization

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Ulric Neisser
CUP Archive, Mar 31, 1989 - Psychology - 317 pages
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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'.
 

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Contents

From direct perception to conceptual structure
11
Category cohesiveness theories and cognitive archeology
25
Cognitive models and prototype theory
63
implications for the nature
101
the role of prior processing
141
Conceptual development and category structure
175
Childbasic object categories and early lexical development
201
interrelationships in development
234
How children constrain the possible meanings of words
255
The role of theories in a theory of concepts
288
Author index
311
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