How much does a shared name make things similar? Part 1. Linguistic labels and the development of similarity judgment.

@article{Sloutsky1999HowMD,
  title={How much does a shared name make things similar? Part 1. Linguistic labels and the development of similarity judgment.},
  author={Vladimir M. Sloutsky and Yung Feng Lo},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={1999},
  volume={35 6},
  pages={1478-92}
}
Most theoretical proposals considering effects of language on similarity assume that labels affect similarity in a qualitative all-or-nothing manner. This article proposes another theoretical alternative--a model of the label as a discrete attribute of an object. According to this model, the relative weight of labels decreases with the child's age. Predictions derived from the model were tested in 3 experiments. In these experiments, children aged 6-12 years were presented with triads of… CONTINUE READING