Human adults and human infants show a "perceptual magnet effect" for the prototypes of speech categories, monkeys do not.

  • Parker Kuhl
  • Published 1991 in Perception & psychophysics


Many perceptual categories exhibit internal structure in which category prototypes play an important role. In the four experiments reported here, the internal structure of phonetic categories was explored in studies involving adults, infants, and monkeys. In Experiment 1, adults rated the category goodness of 64 variants of the vowel i parallel on a scale… (More)


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