Megan Johanson

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Language has been assumed to influence categorization for both adults and children but the precise role and potency of linguistic labels in category formation remains open. Here we explore how linguistic labels help fit objects into categories when relevant perceptual information is either ambiguous or inconsistent with the labels. We also ask how the(More)
Children's overextensions of spatial language are often taken to reveal spatial biases. However, it is unclear whether extension patterns should be attributed to children's overly general spatial concepts or to a narrower notion of conceptual similarity allowing metaphor-like extensions. We describe a previously unnoticed extension of spatial expressions(More)
Language has been shown to influence the ability to form categories. Here we investigate whether linguistic labels are privileged compared to other types of cues (e.g., numbers or symbols), and whether labels exert their effects regardless of whether they are introduced intentionally. In a categorization task, we found that adults were more likely to use(More)
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