Domain differences in absolute judgments of category membership: evidence for an essentialist account of categorization.

@article{Diesendruck1999DomainDI,
  title={Domain differences in absolute judgments of category membership: evidence for an essentialist account of categorization.},
  author={Gil Diesendruck and Susan A Gelman},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={1999},
  volume={6 2},
  pages={338-46}
}
There has been some debate about the correspondence between typicality gradients and category membership. The present study investigates the relationship between these two measures in the domains of animals and artifacts. Forty-two adults judged the degree of typicality or category membership of 293 animals and artifacts. The subjects' tendency for animals, but not for artifacts, was to make more absolute ratings on category membership (i.e., judging exemplars as definitely members or… CONTINUE READING

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