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The effect of category learning on sensitivity to within-category correlations
A salient property of many categories is that they are not just sets of independent features but consist of clusters of correlated features. Although there is much evidence that people are sensitiveExpand
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A further investigation of category learning by inference
Categories are learned in many ways besides by classification, for example, by making inferences about classified items. One hypothesis is that classifications lead to the learning of features thatExpand
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Diagnosticity and prototypicality in category learning: a comparison of inference learning and classification learning.
Category knowledge allows for both the determination of category membership and an understanding of what the members of a category are like. Diagnostic information is used to determine categoryExpand
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Inference and classification learning of abstract coherent categories.
Category learning research has primarily focused on how people learn to classify items using simple observable features. However, classification is only 1 way to learn categories. In addition, manyExpand
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Background shifts affect explanatory style: how a pragmatic theory of explanation accounts for background effects in the generation of explanations
Cognitive scientists are interested in explanation because it provides a window into the cognition that underlies one’s understanding of the world. We argue that the study of explanation has tendedExpand
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The importance of being coherent: Category coherence, cross-classification, and reasoning
Category-based inference is crucial for using past experiences to make sense of new ones. One challenge to inference of this kind is that most entities in the world belong to multiple categoriesExpand
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The Pragmatics of Explanation
The Pragmatics of Explanation Seth Chin-Parker (chinparkers@denison.edu) Department of Psychology, Denison University Granville, OH 43023 USA Alexandra Bradner (bradnera@denison.edu) Department ofExpand
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Contrastive Constraints Guide Explanation-Based Category Learning
This paper provides evidence for a contrastive account of explanation that is motivated by pragmatic theories that recognize the contribution that context makes to the interpretation of a prompt forExpand
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Explanation in Category Learning
Explanation in Category Learning Seth Chin-Parker, Olivia Hernandez, and Murray Matens (contact chinparkers@denison.edu) Department of Psychology, Denison University Granville, OH 43023 USA wasExpand
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Category learning with a goal: how goals constrain conceptual acquisition
ABSTRACT A novel task was used to examine the roles that goals play in concept acquisition. In Experiment 1, we varied the type of interaction, and thus the task goal, of participants working in aExpand
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